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500 ecosystem surveillance plots and counting

500 ecosystem surveillance plots and counting

Wednesday 23 November 2016

TERN has collected environmental data from over 500 ecosystem surveillance plots across Australia’s rangeland and tall forest ecosystems.

Data on vegetation diversity and structure, landscape description and detailed soil descriptions which are collected according to TERN’s established methods. Data from these sites are openly accessible via the TERN Data Discovery Portal, TERN’s Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS), and Soils to Satellites.

These data, collected by TERN’s AusPlots facility are relevant, useful and well-described and represents an invaluable resource for surveillance monitoring of Australian ecosystems.  The data are helping scientists and land managers nationwide to better monitor, understand and manage our landscapes.

Western Australia most sampled state

To date 582 ecosystem-monitoring plots Australia-wide have been sampled by TERN AusPlots with Western Australia the most sampled state.  Data has been collected across all Australian rangelands jurisdictions (SA, NT, WA, NSW, Qld, Vic) and from the tall eucalypt forests of northern and southern Queensland, Tasmania, and southwest Western Australia.

Research and management utilise data

All of TERN’s outputs are made freely accessible for use by the ecosystem research and management community, and our plot data is no exception. These openly available plot data are helping our research and management community study, understand and manage Australia's ecosystems like never before.

In just a few recent examples, TERN’s plot-based surveillance monitoring data are being used to:

In addition to plot data TERN AusPlots delivers a wide range of 'hard' and 'soft' infrastructure that is valuable for researchers and land managers. This infrastructure includes field samples, accepted methodologies, training opportunities, and field survey apps. All AusPlots outputs are freely available to anyone who would like to use them.