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.
Significant news for TERN and other national research infrastructure projects this month is the announcement of the Expert Working Group for the 2021 Research Infrastructure Roadmap consultations.
A unique citizen science project involving the local community to collect biodiversity data has kicked off in Brisbane’s outskirts. The Queensland Government’s RICF-funded TERN pilot will trial the collection of consistent data at TERN sites by community members, with the potential to expand to our national network of plots to collect more data more often. Grab your binoculars and read on…
TERN is fully committed to providing data that are not only findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable but also standard-compliant. Thanks to a Qld Government RICF grant, TERN is applying to have its data e-infrastructure certified by CoreTrustSeal. Receiving the data-world’s tick of approval will provide independent assurance to users that TERN data are curated, managed and continuously made available to the highest international standards.
To ensure that TERN delivers in-demand data and that our NCRIS grant is spent in the most efficient way possible, we’re consulting with our users to guide our collection of time-series terrestrial and airborne LiDAR data.
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.
TERN is preparing its engagement in the consultation phase of the upcoming national research infrastructure roadmap. We want to demonstrate that in this changing world, it is imperative for Australia to maintain its environmental monitoring program and continuity of long-term accessible, quality data on changes in our ecosystems. Maintaining such infrastructure will contribute to a more sustainable national innovation system, providing industries with quality data critical to environmentally sustainable operational decisions.
In this edition we visit La Trobe University’s Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology and shine our spotlight on their research into Australia’s relatively small but socio-economically and ecologically important alpine and sub-alpine ecosystems.
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.
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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