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Gap filling an ecosystem monitoring network

TERN has developed a powerful new method combining modelling and field surveys to determine the optimal location of new monitoring plots in bioregions not currently covered by the national research infrastructure. New TERN plots will provide better spatial and temporal data to meet the needs of researchers and modellers.

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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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Earth laid bare

Enhanced data on soil and exposed rock for the entire Australian continent are now openly available, with visualisations and detailed metadata coming soon. Using innovative techniques to ‘see-through’ vegetation and analyse the land’s surface like never before, the new Barest Earth data are set to enable improved soil, lithological, geochemical and environmental modelling at home and abroad. Products tailored specifically for state-scale analyses are also downloadable at multiple resolutions.

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Centre Spotlight: Harry Butler Institute

Our first spotlight of the year is on Murdoch University’s Harry Butler Institute, and its research into biosecurity, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, energy, waste and much more. Read on to meet the researchers who are helping Australia prepare for a fierier future and provide much-needed guidance on mine closure and relinquishment.

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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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Global Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (GERI) agreement signed

The managing institutions that operate six different continental-scale ecosystem observing infrastructures, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America (two from Europe), signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding, expressly committing to the development of the first-ever Global Ecosystem Research Infrastructure (GERI).

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TERN welcomes new Advisory Board Chair, Hugh Possingham FAA

TERN Australia is pleased to announce that Professor Hugh Possingham FAA is the new Chair of its TERN Advisory Board.

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STEM Superstar at TERN

TERN’s Dr Samantha Munroe has been named among Australia’s official Superstars of STEM for 2021-2022. Congratulations to Sam from everyone at TERN! We’re proud to have a STEM Superstar within Australia’s national land ecosystem observatory.

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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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