Camped on the top of the Australian Alps a team of ecologists is beating the heat and sampling Australia’s critical yet fragile alpine ecosystems. The soil and vegetation data they collect will supplement a 70-year-long dataset and provide ecologists and land managers with the information they need to ensure the sustainability of our unique alpine environment and the ecosystem services it provides.
As Australia swelters through another hot summer with several large fires affecting different parts of the country, a team of researchers is busily creating the first national-scale, live fuel moisture content and flammability monitoring system. The new satellite-based technology is a potential game changer through the delivery of more efficient and effective bushfire preparedness and management across Australia.
The future can be what we make it, but only if we plan and act accordingly. The Ecosystem Science Council is Australia’s peak body to implement Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science. Here we provide some highlights from an interview with Council Chair, Professor Glenda Wardle of The University of Sydney, about the work of the Ecosystem Science Council over the past year.
An impressive compendium of research on the cycling of carbon, water and nutrients in multiple natural and managed landscapes has been completed. 19 peer-reviewed papers, all using the TERN land observatory and its data, present the latest science on themes including the global carbon cycle, extreme climate events, agriculture, water budgets, land productivity, plant growth and much more.
TERN is currently seeking feedback from the ecosystem science community to help it identify priorities for the future and to ensure our services meet your needs. If you’d like to contribute to this process please take the short (5-10 min) survey.
TERN is making some changes to its land observatory. We are re-shaping our structure to place more importance on the way in which data, derived from our local, regional and continental scale facilities, are integrated and made more accessible for your research on variation and change of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia.