Decades of observations on Australia’s iconic arid plants and animals are now available via TERN’s data infrastructure. Our advanced data infrastructure and links to international portals enable intelligent data reuse by arid ecologists around the world.
The impact of TERN’s collaborative, multi-scale, and national approach to ecosystem science is once more on show with the release of a new National Biomass Library, National Biomass Map, and landmark high-resolution map products of woody vegetation height and cover, via TERN AusCover. These products result from a combination of national and international collaborations, drawing field and satellite data from across TERN’s network, to deliver more accurate and finer resolution information on the state of Australia’s information, as a game-changing platform that can assist research, management, policy, restoration and sustainable use of Australian ecosystems.
The 2016 Tasmanian bushfires were described as the worst crisis in decades for world heritage forests. We talk to a researcher who’s using data collected at TERN’s forest research plots to improve bushfire behaviour models and help better manage future fire crises in Tasmania and in other forest environments around Australia.
In March TERN hosted three days of collaborative meetings with leaders of analogous ecosystem observing networks from around the world. These landmark meetings provided the opportunity to discuss strengthening existing linkages, fostering global collaboration, and taking the next steps in creating an ecosystem observatory at a global scale.
This quarter’s newsletter looks at how TERN’s ecosystem data infrastructure is delivering efficiency gains, increasing effectiveness and increasing integration across disciplines for Australian and international scientists and managers. TERN’s infrastructure is catalysing better returns on investment in ecosystem science for Australia.
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS).