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Critical Zone Observatory project kicks off at Calperum

The ARC-LIEF funded Critical Zone Observatory network (OZCZO) has started collecting data in South Australia.

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Australia’s Environment in 2021

Lower temperatures and good rainfall, in part due to La Niña conditions, have supported a strong recovery for Australia’s environment following record hot temperatures, drought and a catastrophic bushfire season two years ago, according to the annual Australia’s Environment Report.

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Director’s Update – March 2022

If you are interested in a cost-benefit analysis of national research infrastructure, you will be interested in a report prepared by Lateral Economics and released in late February that demonstrates the impact of NCRIS-funded research infrastructure for Australian society and the environment.

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Centre Spotlight: The Environment Institute

The final in TERN’s series on ecological research being undertaken across Australia in university centres and institutes focuses on two projects within the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute, one about understanding agricultural soils and the other, a greener urban future.

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Novel forest research using TERN set to improve ecosystem-climate modelling

Researchers using TERN’s forest monitoring sites have produced a more accurate way of coupling the forest canopy and atmosphere components in the models that simulate ecosystem shifts in response to climate change. The collaborative international research also reports that certain aspects of forest function may be influenced more by humidity than amounts of rain.

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TERN supports citizen science for long-term biodiversity monitoring of orchids

Calling all wild orchid enthusiasts. Grab your phone, choose an orchid location, and using our specially developed orchid app, report your observations each flowering season – same place, same time. With your help, long-term datasets will help scientists and land managers to track changes in Australia’s orchid biodiversity over time.

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An Updated Australian Soil Classification Map

TERN provides an Australia-wide, consistent and accurate map of soil types at a 90m resolution, with estimates of reliability. It offers industry and land-managers the information they need for informed, cost-saving decision-making.

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TERN develops new ecological survey data exchange standard

Developed by TERN to meet the needs of the Australian Government, the conceptualisation for structuring and sharing ecological survey data collected at multiple sites will not only facilitate the standard representation and exchange of data but also substantially improve sharing and integration between multiple data providers.

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Updated data from 33 land-atmosphere flux stations now available

Quickly and easily download micro-meteorological data from 33 TERN OzFlux ecosystem exchange measuring stations around Australia. This latest data release forms the Australian component of the global eddy-covariance data network, FLUXNET, and will continue enabling world-leading science on climate change’s impact on ecosystems and Green House Gas mapping and accounting at local to global scales.

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Director’s Update – December 2021

We thank you, our newsletter readers, for opening our monthly stories and those in Australia and around the globe who participate in our webinars, use our data and acknowledge TERN in your publications.

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