TERN Ecosystem Processes

TERN’s Ecosystem Processes platform monitors the environment at a high level of detail at a small number of representative sites. 

This is done through intensive field stations which combine instrumented or sensor measurements with classical field surveys and remote sensing activities at the sites located in significant Australian biomes, spanning a wide range of environmental conditions.

Data, Tools, Services & Equipment

TERN Ecosystem Processes data are derived from periodic field surveys and in-situ sensors operated continuously at a local scale. The platform delivers:

  • Micro-meteorological observations of atmospheric-ecosystem energy, carbon and water exchanges ; and
  • Biological and environmental observations of flora, fauna, microbial biodiversity, soils, and hydrology.
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  • Soil temperature
  • Air temperature
  • Air relative humidity
  • Wind speed & direction
  • Rainfall
  • Net radiation
  • Incoming/outgoing shortwave/longwave radiation
  • Sensible heat flux*
  • Soil heat flux*
  • Net radiation
  • H2O concentration
  • Rainfall
  • Latent heat flux*
  • Soil moisture
  • Total evaporation*
  • Water-use efficiency*
  • CO2 concentration
  • Net ecosystem exchange*
  • Gross primary productivity*
  • Net ecosystem respiration*
  • Water use efficiency*
  • Acoustic sensors (daily)
  • Bird surveys
  • Vegetation species list
  • Vegetation floristic surveys (5 yearly)
  • Soil microbial biodiversity
  • DBH (5 yr)
  • Stem height (5 yr)
  • Stem mapping (5 yr)
  • Standing Above Ground Biomass
  • Wood decomposition (5 yr)
  • Aquifer depth sensors (hourly)
  • Water flow sensors (hourly)#
  • Water quality sensors (hourly)#
  • Soil moisture (Cosmos) (daily)#
  • Photopoints (annual)
  • Phenocam sensors (hourly)
  • Leaf Area Index (6 monthly)
  • Ground cover (5 yearly)
  • Vegetation cover (5 yearly)
  • Weather stations
  • CO2 concentration gas analysers
  • Radiometers
  • Anemometers
  • Heat flux plates
  • Spectrometers
  • COSMOS soil moisture meters
  • Bio-acoustic sensors
  • Phenocams
  • Water quality sensors
  • Groundwater bores
  • + more

* Modelled data product
# Measurements collected at a sub-set of sites
^ Data collected in collaboration with NCRIS-enabled Bioplatforms Australia as part of the Biome of Australia Soil Environments (BASE) project


Assoc Prof Will Edwards

Ecosystem Processes Platform Lead

Dr Mirko Karan

Ecosystem Processes Coordinator

Dr Peter Isaac

Ecosystem Processes Data Coordinator