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Centre Spotlight: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

This month we look at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)’s work on providing a culturally inclusive, globally significant human and environmental history of Australia – Australia’s Epic Story.

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Directors Update – February 2021

From February to late October, TERN will be focused on the 2021 Research Infrastructure Roadmap consultation process due to be launched imminently by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment. TERN hopes its ecosystem community will engage strongly and generously with the Roadmap consultations to set the national priorities for Australian research infrastructure over the next decade.

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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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Monitoring Australia’s life-sustaining ‘Critical Zone’ resources

A consortium of Australian universities has secured $1.2M of Australian Government funding to help create a network of Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) across Australia. The funding will enable research into Australia’s outer skin—from treetop to bedrock, where water, atmosphere, ecosystems, soil and rock interact—to better understand and manage the availability of its life-sustaining resources.

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Centre Spotlight: Global Ecology Laboratory

This edition we’re at the Global Ecology Laboratory learning about their ecological research, that has a particular focus on palaeo-ecological systems and forecasting future ecosystems.

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Researcher opportunity: new ausplotsR is available now!

Need to quickly map sites and graph things like fractional vegetation cover or relative cover of plant growth forms for multiple plots? These are all possible with the new and updated version of TERN’s ausplotsR package, which also provides free and instant access to a decade of soil and vegetation data collected at over 780 environmental monitoring sites across Australia.

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Site of the Month: Calperum Mallee SuperSite

This month’s site feature has us travelling into red dirt country again – to TERN’s Calperum Mallee SuperSite in the Riverland of South Australia. Over its 10-year lifetime, the site’s infrastructure has monitored ecosystem processes that shed light on how Australia’s widespread vegetation called Mallee is able to survive in such hot, dry, fire-prone conditions.

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Directors Update – November 2020

Under the recently released 2020 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan, TERN will receive an additional $5.89M in 2022-23. The funding will allow TERN to continue integrating data from its multi-scale ecosystem observatory and to support TERN’s participation in global ecosystem research infrastructure initiatives.

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How to publish your data with TERN

Sharing your data to ensure provenance and promote re-use and citation—in other words, making it FAIR—just became a whole lot easier with the launch of a new, streamlined ISO compliant version of our data submission tool, SHaRED.

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TERN at ESAus20

With this year’s Ecological Society of Australia conference just started, we take the opportunity to highlight some TERN-related activities during the event. Learn how to publish your research data via TERN; join the citizen science symposium, or Zoom into one of a number of exciting talks by TERN staff and stakeholders.

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