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Lower temperatures and good rainfall, in part due to La Niña conditions, have supported a strong recovery for Australia’s environment following record hot temperatures, drought and a catastrophic bushfire season two years ago, according to the annual Australia’s Environment Report.
The final in TERN’s series on ecological research being undertaken across Australia in university centres and institutes focuses on two projects within the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, one about understanding agricultural soils and the other, a greener urban future.
Researchers using TERN’s forest monitoring sites have produced a more accurate way of coupling the forest canopy and atmosphere components in the models that simulate ecosystem shifts in response to climate change. The collaborative international research also reports that certain aspects of forest function may be influenced more by humidity than amounts of rain.
TERN provides an Australia-wide, consistent and accurate map of soil types at a 90m resolution, with estimates of reliability. It offers industry and land-managers the information they need for informed, cost-saving decision-making.
Developed by TERN to meet the needs of the Australian Government, the conceptualisation for structuring and sharing ecological survey data collected at multiple sites will not only facilitate the standard representation and exchange of data but also substantially improve sharing and integration between multiple data providers.
Quickly and easily download micro-meteorological data from 33 TERN OzFlux ecosystem exchange measuring stations around Australia. This latest data release forms the Australian component of the global eddy-covariance data network, FLUXNET, and will continue enabling world-leading science on climate change’s impact on ecosystems and Green House Gas mapping and accounting at local to global scales.
From water in our environment and Australia’s sea-change phenomenon to ecosystem resilience and climate modelling, TERN’s 2021 webinar series covered some of the nation’s biggest ecosystem science issues. If you didn’t get to see them, want to watch them again, or think a colleague might be interested, you can access recordings of all the webinars here.
Take a virtual tour of TERN’s environmental monitoring site in the rainforests of Yidinji land in Far North Queensland. Learn about the sensors, cameras and surveys used to monitor the ecosystem, its plants, animals and processes, providing data for researchers around the world.
The ability of the world’s space agencies to deliver verifiable satellite imagery data is reliant on reference data collected on-ground at sites such as TERN’s Litchfield Savanna SuperSite in the Northern Territory. One of the world’s most important environmental monitoring sites, Litchfield supports global satellite environmental monitoring programs and is considered critical in ensuring that world-wide data products are accurate and reliable for Australia and beyond.
Australia’s national research infrastructures are working together to streamline access to integrated data for State of the Environment reporting and other environmental assessments. The collaborative …