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44 Posts in ‘Land & Terrain” Found

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International environmental change research enabled by TERN

TERN’s national research infrastructure (NRI) is being used by scientists from all around the world, including by a scientist from Estonia whose research will help new NASA technology be better utilised to monitor and measure environmental change. Meet the researcher, learn about an innovative method to assess vegetation clumping, and read his independent assessment of the importance of TERN for global satellite product validation.

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Living on the edge: A continental-scale assessment of forest vulnerability to drought

Increases in the frequency and intensity of droughts and fires are predicted, and Australia needs to adapt. However, new research using TERN data suggests that some Australian forests are more vulnerable than others and change in water availability might put our rainforests at risk.

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Predicting and regulating soil carbon in a warmer world

New research using TERN has found that the physical and chemical properties of soil control carbon and nitrogen stocks more than any other factor, including soil biodiversity. The results have major implications for the way carbon and nutrients are modelled and forecast in both natural and agricultural environments.

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Site of the Month: Warra Tall Eucalypt SuperSite

This month our site feature takes us to Australia’s most southerly flux monitoring site, located in one of the world’s tallest and most productive forests. For almost a decade, equipment at the Warra site has been measuring the exchange of carbon, water and energy between the atmosphere and the tall eucalypt forests that dominate this biodiverse and immensely valuable wilderness region.

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Australia’s Environment in 2020

Improved rainfall conditions have pulled our environment out of its worst state on record, but recovery is slow, partial and precarious. That’s the main conclusion from Australia’s Environment, the latest in an annual series of environmental condition reports, released on Tuesday 30 March 2021. The report, and its website, provide a summary of key environmental indicators and how they changed in 2020.

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Paddock to reef: Australia’s newest monitoring SuperSite

The TERN-Queensland Government project to introduce continuous environmental monitoring sensors into the Burdekin region is progressing well.
The new monitoring equipment will allow TERN to deliver essential measures on the ecosystem functioning of grazing landscapes and enable improved pasture modelling for Queensland and beyond. Join us as we check in on the site’s progress.

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Ecosystem tipping points: Carbon sink to source within 30 years

Earth’s terrestrial biosphere currently absorbs nearly one-third of anthropogenic CO₂ pollution. However, new research using long-term data from TERN suggests that rapid warming and increased emissions under business-as-usual climate scenarios might halve that absorption rate within decades.

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Site of the Month: Howard Springs

For this month’s site feature, we’re headed to the top of the Northern Territory where one of Australia’s longest-running ecosystem flux monitoring stations is located.
The Howard Springs OzFlux site has been operating continuously since 2001, diligently capturing carbon, water and energy exchanges from Australia’s productive, extensive and ecologically important tropical savanna ecosystems.

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Centre Spotlight: Harry Butler Institute

Our first spotlight of the year is on Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute, and its research into biosecurity, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, energy, waste and much more. Read on to meet the researchers who are helping Australia prepare for a fierier future and provide much-needed guidance on mine closure and relinquishment.

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Forests are nature’s shock-absorbers

A recently released study using TERN is calling attention to the remarkably protective role forests and wetlands play in lessening the impacts of extreme weather on natural and modified landscapes. The research uses an innovative new method to measure the ability of different vegetation types across global biomes to buffer temperature extremes. The method also provides managers with a tool to evaluate the threat to biodiversity of such extremes.

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