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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this month’s site feature, let’s journey to Te Waipounamu, the South Island of New Zealand. The Ashley Dene OzFlux site is located in one of New Zealand’s large dairy regions, on the Canterbury Plains, and its data are essential contributions to research projects on the carbon, water and nitrogen exchange of dairy forage systems.
Thank you for your input into the scoping of a national environmental predictive research capability for Australia. Many and diverse stakeholders were consulted in drafting the proposal and we can now bring you up to date on the latest activities and strategic direction of the National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS) Scoping Study.
Welcome to our post-2020 Australian Federal Budget TERN newsletter. Some of our community have been predicting over the past months that with an economic recession, national bushfire recovery costs and the unknown aftermath of COVID-19, long-term financial commitment to research infrastructure would be affected. But thankfully, it seems that may not be the case…