Research Impact

Tools that support the discovery, analysis and re-use of data

  • Cloud-based virtual desktop to run and share experiments (CoESRA)
  • Data submission, harmonisation and retrieval of ecological data (SHaRED)
  • Discovery, mapping and analysis of landscape-scale ecosystem datasets (Data Visualiser)
  • Cloud-based analysis, synthesis and training platform
Biodiversity

Observing terrestrial biodiversity from gene to ecosystem levels, monitoring patterns of change and the drivers of change.

The national scope of TERN’s activities, our networks of scientists and technical staff, and our focus on sharing and synthesising data are enabling the development of a continental-scale understanding of what is happening to Australia’s biodiversity.

TERN field surveys have helped identify new weed species and understand what they mean for our native ecosystems.

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TERN provides open access to decades of historical and newly acquired field and Earth observation data on the state and change of Australia’s mangrove ecosystems. These data alert scientists and managers to coastal environmental change, provide new knowledge on the causes and impacts of this change, and support the sustainable management of our immensely important mangrove ecosystems. The data also enhance Australia’s contribution to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations.

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TERN data and infrastructure have been used to map South Australia’s biodiversity hotspots, identify their climate change sensitivity, and ultimately inform priorities and strategies for conservation management.

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A global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands across dryland ecosystems using TERN data has increased current estimates of global forest cover by nearly 10%. The work, which made the cover of Science Magazine, is a direct result of TERN’s on-going collaborations with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization through their Global Forest Survey, which uses TERN data for crucial on-ground verification of satellite-based analyses.

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The Australian Government has adopted TERN’s environmental monitoring protocol to assess the rehabilitation of mines following closure.

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Carbon & Water

Monitoring the interaction between ecosystems and climate including the exchange of carbon, water and energy and responses to extreme events.

TERN’s data collection infrastructure and end-user-focused products are delivering better ways of measuring and understanding Australia’s current and future environmental carbon and water stocks and flows.

Research using NCRIS-enabled TERN infrastructure improves our understanding of the amount of rain our arid ecosystems need before they switch from being carbon absorbers to emitters.

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

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TERN’s near real-time satellite data products are enabling early and accurate estimates of grain crops and regular seasonal outlooks for sorghum and wheat.  Advanced knowledge of likely crop size and its geographical distribution help industry make strategic decisions and avoid market volatility within Australia and globally.

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Long-term quality data collected by TERN and its partners on our continent’s land-atmosphere exchanges of energy, carbon and water, have been recognised by scientists as perhaps the world’s most valuable observations for building and evaluating models for projecting future droughts and heatwaves. Find out more here.

Researchers are using TERN infrastructure to take part in a landmark global experiment that investigates ecosystem response to drought. The experiment’s findings will help to predict and mitigate the impacts of drought in Australia and around the world.

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Land & Terrain

Tracking key processes such as fire, land use, and climate change; and monitoring soils and vegetation to build a better national picture of our major ecosystems.

TERN enables Australia to progress towards sustainability on a continental scale, allowing pastoralists, government agencies and the ecosystem science community to work across jurisdictional boundaries, measure and monitor change, and manage our ecosystem assets.

Research using TERN-delivered remote sensing data and digital soil maps has assessed the state and trends of hillslope erosion across New South Wales.  The new approach for monitoring and predicting hillslope erosion is significantly improving land management practices and bushfire recovery activities nation-wide.

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An innovative project is using TERN satellite data together with on-ground time-lapse cameras and pollen monitors to track grass pollen sources, their evolution, and impact areas. The forecasts generated will help alleviate Australia’s $30B medical and socioeconomic allergy burden and change the lives of millions of Australians for the better.

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TERN data are being used to develop new tools to model and predict the occurrence of dust storms so that we can manage associated risks.

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Researchers are using TERN to learn from our ‘phosphorus-efficient’ native plants and develop novel approaches that could save our agricultural industries millions of dollars every year.

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People using TERN

Uses – and users – of TERN infrastructure are now found in all shapes and sizes, from many different professions and disciplines, and from all parts of the country, and beyond.  To showcase the diversity of our end-user community, we profile just a small number of individuals, looking at how TERN is helping them work more collaboratively, efficiently and effectively. Click on the boxes below to ‘meet’ some of them.

Observing Environmental Change in Australia book

The book is an accessible guide to ecosystem science and its underpinning research infrastructure and is designed for upper secondary and early tertiary level students.  It tells the stories of some of Australia’s environmental science heroes.

To download a pdf click on the SlideShare logo at the bottom right corner of the viewer then the blue download button on the SlideShare page.