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November eNewsletter



TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
November 2017
Director's update

Welcome to our November newsletter, which comes with enough time left for us to wish everyone at the EcoTas 2017 conference a productive meeting. It’s a busy time in the ecosystem science calendar and indeed for TERN as we plan for 2018-2019. We’re making good progress in our transition from a network of facilities to an entity with integrated data streams derived from its multi-scale land observatory, but we now need your help to fine-tune the project. So, after checking out this month’s stories I encourage you to participate in the online survey via our website and tell us about the ways you’re using TERN and your research needs.

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Drug discovery from TERN soil samples

New research by New York’s Rockefeller University using TERN ecosystem samples and data is helping discover small molecules that are an important resource for new drug discovery, and the environmental conditions that favour their creation. The findings provide unprecedented insights into how best to conduct future surveys for natural product pharmaceutical discovery.

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Working with the community to collect data on raptors

A unique citizen science project utilising the data infrastructure of multiple NCRIS facilities, including TERN and the Atlas of Living Australia, is collecting and collating information on three iconic Australian raptor species to ensure their longevity. So, grab your camera and contribute to managing, understanding and protecting these spectacular birds of prey.

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People using TERN: Jen Peters

Hot, tired, thirsty, stressed? No so for Northern Australia’s unique savanna eucalypts which, according to new research using TERN’s Top End research infrastructure, stay cool and stress free even during the scorching dry season. But just how do they manage the stress and what will happen if dry seasons get longer, drier and hotter due to a changing climate? Read on to find out.

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Transitioning TERN to better meet user needs

TERN is making some changes to its land observatory. We are re-shaping our structure to place more importance on the way in which data derived from the local, regional and continental scale facilities are integrated and made more accessible for your research on variation and change of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia.

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Key Dates
EcoTas 2017
Hunter Valley
26 November - 1 December 2017
Supported by TERN

eLTER Conference & LTER-Europe annual meeting
Málaga, Spain
28 November - 1 December
TERN involved

22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017)
3 - 8 December 2017

4th Annual OzEWEX workshop
6 December 2017
Supported by TERN

2017 AGU Fall Meeting
New Orleans, USA
11 - 15 December 2017
TERN involved

2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute
11 December 2017 - 2 February 2018
Supported by TERN
AMOS-ICSHMO 2018 - Joint 25th AMOS National Conference and 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography
5 - 9 February 2018
TERN involved

National Eucalypt Day
23 March 2018
TERN involved

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018
Vienna, Austria
8 - 13 April 2018
TERN involved

7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
El Jadida, Morocco
17 - 19 April 2018

What is TERN?

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is the national observatory for Australian ecosystems, delivering data that enable environmental research and management.
TERN delivers:
  • Ecosystem data and the programs to collect it including plot data from surveillance and targeted monitoring programs; gas, energy, and nutrient exchanges; remote sensing data; modelled data products about soil, climate, and landscape attributes; and vegetation and soil samples for physical analysis;
  • Tools for the research community including national consistent field methods, data collection apps, and data publishing tools; and
  • Data infrastructure that supports discovery, access, and re-use of ecosystem data collected by TERN and others.
Banner photo credits left to right: Tree sampling, Jen Peters; Soil sample collection; TERN; Raptor nest, Emmie Elliot.
Article photo credits top to bottom: Pixabay; The
Atlas of Living Australia; Jen Peters; TERN.