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Interested in time-series LiDAR data? We want to hear from you

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.

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Living on the edge: A continental-scale assessment of forest vulnerability to drought

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.

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Directors Update – April 2021

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.

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Centre Spotlight: Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology

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.

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Predicting and regulating soil carbon in a warmer world

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.

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Site of the Month: Warra Tall Eucalypt SuperSite

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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Putting Australia’s vegetation on the map

60 photos of Australian vegetation captured at TERN monitoring sites have been added to the Global Vegetation Project’s open-access map. The new pics will enrich the experience of students and educators around the world. Find out more about this exciting project and take look at the images.

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New Data! The photosynthetic pathway of all plant species in the TERN plot network

Quickly and easily download the photosynthetic pathway of every plant species recorded across TERN’s entire national plot network.

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Australia’s Environment in 2020

Improved rainfall conditions have pulled our environment out of its worst state on record, but recovery is slow, partial and precarious. That’s the main conclusion from Australia’s Environment, the latest in an annual series of environmental condition reports, released on Tuesday 30 March 2021. The report, and its website, provide a summary of key environmental indicators and how they changed in 2020.

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Centre Spotlight: ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage

This month we look at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage (CABAH)’s work on providing a culturally inclusive, globally significant human and environmental history of Australia – Australia’s Epic Story.

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