Ensuring pollen data aren't gone with the wind
Take a behind-the-scenes look at a group of Australian ecosystem scientists struggling with real-life problems of data management. And, unlike the classic ‘Gone with the wind’, this story has a happy ending, thanks to data infrastructure provided through TERN.
In a world first, two science synthesis centres – TERN’s ACEAS, and SESYNC in the US – have joined forces for an innovative ecosystem services project combining choice modelling, ecosystem modelling, and interactive multiplayer games.
Students at all stages of their studies have not only enjoyed the educational, capacity-building and mentoring benefits of involvement in every single one of the synthetic working groups formed through TERN’s ACEAS facility – their participation is important to the success of the group.
Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) is a virtual and physical Facility within TERN designed to link ecosystem scientists and environmental managers to improve our understanding and management of Australian ecosystems. ACEAS activities support multi-disciplinary integration, synthesis and modelling of ecosystem data. ACEAS' support is specifically directed to facilitate the development of evidence-based environmental management strategies and policy at regional, state, and continental scales.
ACEAS actively facilitates the networking of scientists and policy makers in a way that was never before possible. Now these groups of people can share data and ideas to address fundamental issues in ecology and allied fields, and apply the results to management and policy.
Products and Outcomes
Final Reports: The final reports are summaries of the group activity and are a required outcome of support from ACEAS. They are living documents, in that, as papers and other products emerge, they will be updated. The reports are also to be found on each group’s web page, in which information on progress through their time with ACEAS and photographs of the group members can be found.
Data Portal: The ACEAS Web Portal. This has been designed to publish the data products developed by our participants, and are used where geographical presentation is relevant.
Publications: This page contains a compilation of refereed papers produced by working groups and sabbatical fellows.
Occasional Report Series: There are incidental reports that are produced, either through workshops as white papers, or emerging from research activity in which ACEAS has a part.
ACEAS conceptual structure
- Freshwater ecology was the focus of this year’s annual ACEAS Grand Workshop. Twenty-two leading aquatic scientists and policymakers from academia, research institutions and government departments came together in Brisbane in June to collaboratively address important issues in freshwater ecology in Australia and overseas.
- ACEAS - the only synthesis centre in Australia and one of few in the world - facilitates researchers, policy makers and managers from the ecosystem science and management community to work together on problems requiring the integration and synthesis of a complex range of data and information. Click here to find out how.
- A multidisciplinary research group convened through ACEAS has shown that the pattern of bushfires across Australia is shaped by the rainfall that comes with the tropical summer monsoon, rather than the amount of vegetation available as fuel. Click here to read more.
- In an effort to increase our understanding of the patterns and causes of mammal extinctions in Australia ACEAS brought together experts from a number of ecological and conservation disciplines to combine and re-analyse existing datasets on mammal decline across the continent.
- Thanks to ACEAS and the UN University, Indigenous land custodians are working with other experts in northern Australia and our neighbours in Timor and Papua New Guinea to collect and share knowledge from traditional Indigenous and contemporary practices for managing land using fire, and earning communities an income in the process.
- Koala populations in Queensland and New South Wales have declined by more than one third in the last 18 years, or in three generations of the koala, according to new large-scale analyses by an ACEAS working group.
- A working group funded by ACEAS is concluding that ecosystem science and land management will be more effective if decision-making is multi-disciplinary and managed regionally.
- Several members of the ACEAS group 'Conserving koalas in the 21st Century' were interviewed as part of the 'Koala crunch time' story featured on ABC's Four Corners program on 20 August.
- Do reduced emissions and increased carbon storage necessarily mean a win for biodiversity? A 2012 ACEAS workshop considered this question.
ACEAS Program Manager:
Associate Professor Alison Specht
The University of Queensland
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS).