South Korea MoU expands TERN’s regional network

TERN’s close ties with a future South Korea ecological observatory network are just one of the many ways we’re enabling integrated approaches to address critical ecosystem science questions in our region and across the globe. TERN’s infrastructure has much to offer other nations, and it’s a wonderful outcome for the NCRIS program to see it contributing to the global science community.

TERN, Australia’s national ecosystem observatory, and South Korea have recognised that we have many things in common, and that sharing knowledge, expertise, experience and infrastructure will bring mutual benefits.

To achieve this, TERN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ecological Entomology Laboratory at Kyungpook National University (KNU) which is leading South Korea’s planning for a future TERN-like Korean Ecological Observatory Network (KEON).

The MoU highlights six areas where the two programs can work together: high-level science questions or criteria; in-situ measurements and sampling protocols; data products; informatics; science and education; and project management.

New Korean network aims to emulate TERN’s successes

A KEON is still in the early stages of development and its members are collaborating and learning from TERN on how to establish a successful ecosystem research infrastructure network.

A future KEON will build on the current Korea Long-Term Ecological Research Network (KLTERN) infrastructure to expand environmental monitoring and data provision services says Associate Professor Ohseok Kwon of KNU.

“To plan and establish KEON we’re using TERN to identify the necessary infrastructure and administrative requirements of such a network,” says Ohseok.

TERN’s multi-scale ecosystem surveillance and data infrastructure, including the TERN Data Discovery Portal and AEKOS data portal, is being used as a model for success by Ohseok and his team.

“We’ve recently developed a web-based ecology data portal, called K-EcoHub, that will be used by the Korean Ministry of Environment and we’re currently developing the subsequent network system with the National Institute of Ecology, Korea.”

“We would like to emulate the successes that TERN has achieved and these new projects are a significant step in that direction,” says Ohseok.

TERN’s infrastructure has much to offer other nations and it is a wonderful outcome for the NCRIS program when we see our science infrastructure and knowledge contributing to global solutions.

We look forward to exploring partnerships with other countries that are tackling broad-scale ecosystem science infrastructure issues.

  • TERN has well established international partnerships that facilitate joint research, shared infrastructure and access to data in north America, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan and China.  These international collaborations not only share knowledge, expertise and experience but also allow us to present Australian infrastructure to the world and advance Australia’s research standing globally.
  • Anyone interested in collaborating further with TERN can contact us.

A delegation from South Korea toured parts of TERN’s nation-wide ecosystem surveillance network in 2014 learning all about the infrastructure and the research it facilitates. These early collaborations have now been strengthened with the singing of a memorandum of understanding in 2017.

Published in TERN newsletter September 2017

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