People using TERN: Jessie Buettel

November 2016

Using TERN research infrastructure and data to build better models that predict how forests will respond to global change and forestry management—vital information for the conservation and management of tall eucalypt forests in Australia.


 

People using TERN: United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization

Winter 2016

TERN’s national monitoring infrastructure, data and expertise is being utilised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as part of their Global Forest Survey, which is helping improve greenhouse gas emissions inventories.

 

Delivery of Research Infrastructure

Until the advent of TERN, ecosystem science efforts in Australia tended to be fragmented, localised and short-term in terms of both capacity and tenure. TERN has worked closely with many partners to successfully deliver shared research infrastructure that is allowing Australia’s ecosystem scientists to collaborate and synthesise effectively across regions and disciplines. This powerful network approach means Australia’s ecosystem science and management communities now have the capacity to monitor, understand and manage Australia’s ecosystems at the national scale and in the long term, more comprehensively and meaningfully than ever before.

   
The view from the top of the Calperum-Chowilla OzFlux tower in South Australia. The OzFlux network of towers offers 'hard' infrastructure to support research across Australia. Each tower measures the flux of carbon dioxide, water vapour and energy in the surrounding environment.
   
The Citizen Science app developed by the Transects for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making, part of TERN's MSPN. The app provides the 'soft' infrastructure for standardised data collection and submission.

 

This research infrastructure takes two main forms: “hard” infrastructure, such as the networks of diverse sensors, the long-term monitoring plots and transects, and national sample archives; and “soft” infrastructure, such as the standardisation of data collection, handling, meta-data, licensing and storage methods and tools, the new and enduring collaborative networks between ecosystem scientists, and the capacity for cross-disciplinary synthesis that is essential if we are to fully exploit TERN’s capacity to deliver for Australia’s ecosystems.

On this page you will find regularly updated links describing the diverse research infrastructure delivered through TERN, and some of the ways in which Australia’s ecosystem science community is already using it to work more effectively and efficiently.

 

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