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Standards to assist conservation and decision-making

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment and TERN are working on a project to standardise both environmental monitoring and data systems for improved decision-making. Standardised field survey protocols will assist land managers, development project operators and environmental consultants collect consistent and comparable monitoring data. In parallel, a standardised data exchange system will support better access and reuse of environmental monitoring and surveillance projects.

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Paddock to reef: Australia’s newest monitoring SuperSite

The TERN-Queensland Government project to introduce continuous environmental monitoring sensors into the Burdekin region is progressing well.
The new monitoring equipment will allow TERN to deliver essential measures on the ecosystem functioning of grazing landscapes and enable improved pasture modelling for Queensland and beyond. Join us as we check in on the site’s progress.

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Ecosystem tipping points: Carbon sink to source within 30 years

Earth’s terrestrial biosphere currently absorbs nearly one-third of anthropogenic CO₂ pollution. However, new research using long-term data from TERN suggests that rapid warming and increased emissions under business-as-usual climate scenarios might halve that absorption rate within decades.

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Directors Update – March 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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Site of the Month: Howard Springs

For this month’s site feature, we’re headed to the top of the Northern Territory where one of Australia’s longest-running ecosystem flux monitoring stations is located.
The Howard Springs OzFlux site has been operating continuously since 2001, diligently capturing carbon, water and energy exchanges from Australia’s productive, extensive and ecologically important tropical savanna ecosystems.

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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 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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