Threatened Species Index has moved to TERN

The Australian government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) funding for the Threatened Species Recovery Hub finished in June this year, but the future of one of its achievements, the Threatened Species Index (TSX), has been secured with TERN becoming the new custodian of the index project.

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Long-term ecological research in Australia

In June, the Ecological Society of Australia and the Ecosystem Science Council asked Australian ecologists about their experiences and thoughts on long-term ecological research (LTER) in Australia.  Here’s a summary of the survey results and an invitation to attend or present at the 13th International LTER East Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, to be held online from 8-9 September.

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Science Symposium recap and revelations

The inaugural biennial TERN Science Symposium, held on 5-6 July 2021, provided two days of snappy and stimulating presentations revealing some of the innovative basic and applied research being conducted in Australia, and beyond, much of it using TERN ecosystem data and resources.

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Satellite calibration-validation: TERN’s runway to the world

From better weather forecasting and carbon budgeting to improved agricultural productivity forecasts, the on-ground data and research infrastructure TERN provides to space agencies, including NASA, are ensuring the accuracy of some of the planet’s most important ecosystem monitoring and prediction tools.

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All-weather, day and night, satellite radar images are now available for TERN sites, Australia and beyond

Australian researchers and industry now have access to more than 1,000 high-resolution satellite-collected radar images covering the Australian continent, with more data added every day.

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Helping to protect Australians from the dangers of bushfires

TERN is aggregating and harmonising bushfire fuel data on a national scale to better enable Australia-wide bushfire response and preparedness.

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Nature’s choice for ecology data deposition

TERN has received the distinction of being listed by Nature as a recommended data repository for scientific data in the discipline of ecology.

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Directors Update – June 2021

Welcome to our early-winter TERN e-newsletter, which arrives as another bout of COVID-related travel restrictions grip our country, potentially interrupting TERN ecosystem monitoring. Fortunately, both our surveillance field teams were already at work in Western Australia when borders closed.”

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The cost-benefit of documenting Australia’s biodiversity

A new report by Deloitte Access Economics has found that for every AU$1 invested in discovering remaining Australian species, there will be a return of up to AU$35 in economic benefit to the nation. The method of using a cost-benefit analysis to determine the value of discovering new species is novel. The report comes as scientists implement a plan to discover and document all species in Australia.

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Science Symposium program released 

Register for free and hear from emerging and established environmental scientists, technologists & managers on creating meaningful outcomes across ecosystems, community, industry and government.

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