The TERN Science Symposium 2021 was a forum for sharing both transdisciplinary and traditional approaches to ecosystem science research, technological development, data system innovation, collaboration and action.

This Symposium was held on July 5-6, 2021. The Proceedings can be downloaded below.

Symposium Themes & Proceedings

The TERN Science Symposium 2021 explored themes that have resonance and urgency for the planet:

Climate impact on ecosystems

Ecosystem biodiversity

Soils and ecosystem function

Data and models for ecosystem management and decision-making

The role of ecosystem data in Australia’s society

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Download the 2021 Biennial Science Symposium Proceedings. 

These are published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY 4.0) Licence with permission of the University of Queensland (https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:6f329e5).

Symposium Abstracts​

The Symposium program and a list of abstracts are available to download here.

Symposium Program & Presentations

Program Day One

Hugh Possingham (keynote)

TERN – Looking forward, looking back

Stefan Arndt

Landscape level assessment of tree drought mortality in forest ecosystems of the Strathbogie Ranges in Australia

Alison O’Donnell

The role of rainfall amount and intensity in driving tree growth across semi-arid and tropical Australia

Jamie Cleverly

Stress, recovery and resilience to climate extremes in Australian ecosystems and agricultural landscapes

Anne Griebel

Tapping into the physiological responses to mistletoe infection during heat and drought stress

Lucas Cernusak

The water-use efficiency response of eucalypts to rainfall is modulated by soil phosphorus across Australia

Alfredo Huete

Developing best practice Himawari data products for enhanced sub-daily monitoring and climate impact studies of Australia’s ecosystems

Tamara Potter

Demonstrating post-fire changes in vegetation and soil using TERN Surveillance monitoring: a case study from the Kangaroo Island bushfires

Thomas Van Niel

Assessment of flux tower energy and water balance variables over Australian climate zones: implications for modelling

Jeff Powell

Biodiversity and biogeography of wood decay fungi within the TERN Australian Field Observatory SuperSites

Emrys Leitch

Celebrating 10 Years of TERN Ecosystem Surveillance across Australia

Irene Martin-Fores

Applying conservation reserve design strategies to define ecosystem monitoring priorities

Arko Lucieer

Advances in drone remote sensing for ecosystem monitoring

Alison Hewitt

Investigating fire responses in endangered ecological communities of the Cumberland Plain in northwest Sydney

Katie Irvine

Extending biodiversity monitoring across space and time through citizen science

Qiaoyun Xie

Australian land surface phenology product from MODIS

Juan Guerschman

Developing a multi-decade, operational, Australia-wide, monthly, 30m actual evapotranspiration dataset: Part 1 Calibration of multiple Earth observation sensors

Jamie Vleeshouwer

Developing a multi-decade, operational, Australia-wide, monthly, 30m actual evapotranspiration dataset

Matthew Stenson

Building a near real time continental soil moisture prediction using a Data-Model Fusion Approach system for Australia

Ashley Sommer

Detecting and correcting data errors in time series observations from geographically remote monitoring stations.

Siddeswara Guru

Towards harmonisation and integration of ecology data

Greg Guerin

ausplotsR – rapid access to vegetation plot data across environments

Julia Bignall

Standardising environmental monitoring protocols and data systems for improved decision-making (1st set of modules)

Mark Laws

Standardising environmental monitoring protocols and data systems for improved decision-making (2nd set of modules)

Kimberley McCallum

The value of standardised field survey methods for researchers

Bethany Cox

Using objective, standardised data collection to increase the efficiency of reporting under Federal programs

Program Day Two

Professor Stuart Phinn (keynote)

Effective Transition from Research to Operations for Government and Industry

Megan Wong

Enabling soil data reuse for ecosystem management and decision making: A standards-based approach

Lewis Walden

Spatially explicit estimates of brown and blue carbon stocks in Australia’s terrestrial and coastal marine biomes

Brendan Malone

Updating the Australia’s digital soil mapping products: Soil texture case study

Caitlin Moore

Filling the ecosystem monitoring gaps in TERN: making Western Australian SuperSites more super

Alison Specht

Litterfall dynamics: developing a national dataset of daily fall rates and associated algorithms

Peter Grace

Reducing Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions through soil management

Rachel Atkins

Soil carbon isotopic proxies for determining the photosynthetic pathway of floral communities: A method intercomparison

Marcela De Freitas Silva

Carbon and water exchange in a plantation during initial years of growth

Hoang Long Nguyen

An Online Portal for Accessible OzFlux Data

Ross Searle

The TERN Soil Data Federator

Alison Specht

The detection of socio-economic impacts of protected area creation

Melissa Hart

Where citizen science meets the built environment: the schools weather and air quality (SWAQ) network

Anu Devaraju

Enabling FAIR Flux Data in TERN

William Woodgate

TERN observatory synergies for scaling carbon pool and flux observations with remotely sensed data: Current activities and next steps

Quinn Thomas

The NEON Ecological Forecasting Challenge: Using forecasting challenges to leverage observational networks and advance prediction in ecology

Samantha Munroe

Plants down under: defining and mapping the photosynthetic pathway of plants across Australia

Kristen Williams

Using TERN products to predict habitat condition nationally

Yasuhisa Kondo

An inclusive approach to develop community capability for environmental conservation in Lake Biwa (Japan)

Andrew Tokmakoff

Paratoo: Next-Generation Field Data Collection Infrastructure

Adrian Burton/ Sheida Hadavi

Bushfire data commons

Wilma Karsdorp

Robust scalable data management for EcoImages

Lance Gunderson

Assessing resilience of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia across scales

Ted Lefroy

Supersites and superorganisms: recurring themes in 85 years of ecosystem science

Olly Berry

A DNA Barcode Library for all Named Australian Species