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Director’s Update – June 2020

This year, we have a unique opportunity to take advantage of a large, widespread, unintended ecosystem experiment in which human patterns have changed for several months. COVID-19 restrictions may have temporarily stopped TERN’s fieldwork, but fortunately, we’ve had our automated sensors still hard at work during the pandemic lockdown and hope to examine any changes in trends compared to other years.

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OzFlux Conference: Celebrating 20 years of the community measuring our breathing ecosystems

With talks from Australian and international experts and students, and topics ranging from ecosystem measurements at the local scale to global scale syntheses and modelling, this year’s OzFlux conference promises something of interest to everyone.

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Centre Spotlight: University of New England – SMART Farms

This month we head to the Northern Tablelands region of NSW to look at the University of New England’s SMART Farms and the range of ecosystem data collected on properties used predominantly for agriculture. 

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Trusted environmental monitoring protocol

A detailed rationale and description of TERN’s much respected AusPlots method for environmental monitoring has been published in a peer-reviewed international science journal. With the paper’s publication, it becomes easier for researchers to access the method and its modules, adapt them for use anywhere and cite them in further research. Wider use of the protocol helps TERN to learn more about researchers’ future needs.

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Queensland Government co-invests in NCRIS-enabled TERN

Investments will create jobs, improve the discoverability, usability and management of ecosystem data, and allow for upgrades to TERN’s critical land ecosystem monitoring equipment—essential for monitoring environmental changes, including responses to extreme events.

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Need soil moisture data? Try a cosmic ray soil moisture sensor

The new CosmOz website lets users visualise then download open-source soil moisture and rainfall data from a growing number of sensors.

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Director’s Update – May 2020

Welcome to our May e-newsletter, which arrives as COVID-19 internal Australian travel restrictions start to ease and the prospect of visiting at least our near-home TERN sites is beckoning. We are keen to see how TERN’s sites and instruments are faring, particularly those affected by bushfires, drought and/or floods earlier this year.

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Centre Spotlight: University of Canberra Institute for Applied Ecology

This month we head to the nation’s capital to showcase research that’s improving our understanding of the environment and enhancing decision-making for natural resource management and sustainable development.

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Site of the month: Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite

Delivering data for climate research and decision-making on Perth’s water resources.

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Drone cloud: establishing a national ecosystem for drone data management

TERN is delighted to be working alongside other research infrastructure co-investors in the Australian Scalable Drone Cloud (ASDC), one of 10 three-year projects supported by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) 2019 Platforms program.

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