AEKOS: Your gateway to Australian ecology data

A new version of TERN AEKOS makes it easier for users to search and download diverse, well-described, Australia-wide ecological data from a single point of entry. Find out what’s new then come explore almost 100000 sites of published plot data.


NASA to use TERN data in ECOSTRESS mission

November 2016

An exciting new data sharing collaboration between NASA and TERN will lead to a better understanding of how climate change will affect water use by plants from different biomes, and the implications for agricultural and natural ecosystems. Thanks to this collaboration, Australian science will also benefit from the delivery of new NASA data.


Discovering Australia's ecosystem data made easier

Winter 2016

A new version of the TERN Data Discovery Portal makes it even easier for users to search and download diverse ecosystem science open data from a single point of entry. Find out what’s new then come explore the more than 2200 published data records.



Historically, the potential for collaboration between Australian ecosystem scientists and managers was limited by a number of factors, including the absence of any coordinated national capacity for data storage, licensing and management, which made it difficult for scientists and managers to share or discover relevant previous work and build upon it.

TERN is working closely with our many government, university, public and private stakeholders and partners to bring about a quiet revolution in the way things have traditionally been done. Our philosophy is “collect data once – make it discoverable – use it many times.” The infrastructure we’ve planned and built can now offer a one-stop-shop solution for data storage, data publishing and citation through DOI minting, licensing and discoverability. This new capacity to close the data management lifecycle is already delivering efficiency dividends for Australia’s ecosystem science community, and their efforts to understand and manage our ecosystems at the necessary temporal and spatial scales.

On this page you will find regularly updated links describing the data storage, management and discoverability infrastructure we’ve developed, and the people and projects already putting these tools to effective use.


TERN Eco-Informatics colleagues view the Advanced Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS). Upon release, AEKOS will offer a single point of access for browsing, searching, displaying, and extracting ecosystem data. (Photo source: eResearch SA)


More data news:

  • Budding scientists build better maps

    Winter 2016

    TERN’s infrastructure continues to be used by Australia’s leading universities. We look at our Geo-Wiki crowdsoucing infrastructure that’s delivering mutual benefits for next generation scientists and the Australian research and management communities.

  • NCRIS partnerships developing complementary data services

    Winter 2016

    A recent collaborative initiative with the Atlas of Living Australia has enabled significant advancement towards the delivery of more integrated, efficient and effective data and services to our users.

  • Satellite eye on Australia’s vegetation
    Autumn 2016

    The impact of TERN’s collaborative, multi-scale, and national approach to ecosystem science is once more on show this month, 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. 

  • Data in demand: Australian flux data downloads surge thanks to new global open-access

    Autumn 2016

    Data on the exchanges of heat, water and carbon dioxide between key Australian terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere collected by TERN OzFlux are now openly-accessible via the global flux measuring network FluxNet. We take a look at who’s downloading the data and what they’re doing with it.

  • Fire danger rating today, tomorrow, in 2050, in 2080?

    Autumn 2016

    The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage has made use of TERN eMAST and the NCI’s data services to publish key data on past and forecast projections of severe fire danger across large parts of south-eastern Australia—vital information for improved hazard reduction and fire management policy and practice.
  • Long-term desert ecology data now openly-available through diverse TERN data infrastructure

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.

  • Data and Stories from landmark TERN book: Biodiversity and Environmental Change

    A number of the long-term data sets from research featured in the book 'Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction' have just been published by our Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN).  These data and their stories, now openly available via LTERN's web site, and are an invaluable resource for ecologists, environmental managers and policy makers.

  • TERN announced as first Australian DataONE node

    TERN has partnered with the US’s DataONE to expand the discoverability of our data. TERN datasets can now be accessed using DataONE’s OneMercury search tool, increasing data sharing and opening up new opportunities for Australian ecosystem data to be used in new global science.
  • Long-term satellite data for natural resource and land-management

    >35 years of satellite-derived time-series biophysical map products are now freely available. Capturing seasonal, episodic and historical changes in land-cover, and the impacts of extreme events, the data are invaluable for Australia’s environmental management industry and are already being used by researchers and government programs.

  • 90-years of data track change in rangeland ecosystem

Data from one of the world’s longest running arid-zone ecological monitoring projects, now openly available via TERN’s infrastructure, is helping environmental managers answer important questions about the ecology of arid zone vegetation and the changes grazing and climate change have on arid ecosystems.

More than 100 years of platypus observations for 277 waterways across the breadth of Tasmania are now available for download via TERN Eco-informatics’ ÆKOS data portal.


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