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Taking the pulse of Australia’s environment

Researchers have taken advantage of TERN’s trusted national and long-term data to develop the recently released ‘Australia’s Environment in 2016’. The report, and its accompanying interactive website, provide an annual summary of 13 key environmental indicators and how they have changed over time.

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Sweet as Raspberry Pi: TERN’s new sensor technology for easier and cheaper ecosystem surveillance

Perched 30m above the rainforest, Australia’s latest piece of high-tech environmental surveillance kit keeps watch. This new, TERN-developed vegetation-monitoring camera is tipped to revolutionise Australian ecosystem science, making the measurement of change and carbon in our environment easier and cheaper than ever before.

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Conserving blink-and-you’ll-miss-it biodiversity

Using TERN’s continental-scale environmental monitoring, researchers have discovered high variability in biodiversity across Western Australia’s sandplain ecosystems—a finding with important implications for conservation and management decisions.

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Raincoat for a rainforest: Simulating drought in the Daintree

How might the world’s rainforest ecosystems respond if droughts become more frequent in the future? This question is behind a bold experiment happening right now at TERN’s research site in far north Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest.

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People using TERN: Andrew Edwards

A research fellow from the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research is using TERN delivered data to map fire severity across the Top End for more informed regional fire management and more accurate national carbon accounting.

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TERN teams up with Google to deliver Australian science to millions worldwide

TERN has again teamed up with Google, this time to make detailed information on Australia’s soil and landscapes available through the Google Earth Engine. As a result researchers can benefit from Google’s cloud computing power, cutting their data processing and analysis times from hours to seconds.

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Angry summers and ecosystem health

As Australia swelters through another hot summer, a team of researchers is using TERN data to assess how heat waves affect the energy balance, carbon uptake, water use, and overall health of Australia’s ecosystems.

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Global efforts to understand drought sensitivity

Australian researchers are using TERN infrastructure to take part in a landmark global experiment that investigates the impact of drought on our ecosystems, and helps to predict and mitigate their continental- and regional-scale impacts.

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Student challenge “brings text books to life”

In the latest example of TERN’s extensive educational and outreach activities, students are learning best-practice solutions to environmental problems and helping improve our understanding of how our ecosystems behave. Importantly, the program is also motivating high school students to enrol in science related tertiary studies.

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Drought ends great green boom and Australia’s carbon budget shifts

Flux and satellite data collected and delivered by TERN infrastructure has been used to monitor the greening and browning of Australia’s vegetation and infer its very significant impact on the nation's carbon budget.

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Relief in sight: countrywide pollen monitoring and mapping for early warning

TERN’s collaborative networks and data infrastructure have provided the platforms from which to establish the inaugural national pollen-monitoring network and a new, high-tech approach to pollen mapping and forecasting. Together, these initiatives are bringing unprecedented and timely public health benefits, including helping to predict future outbreaks of thunderstorm asthma.

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People using TERN: Ellen Miech

An honours student at the Australian National University has used TERN data to identify drivers of Proteaceae declines on Western Australia's islands and where ongoing monitoring and conservation efforts should be focused.

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NASA to use TERN data in ECOSTRESS mission

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. Australian science is also set to benefit from the delivery of the latest NASA captured data the partnership ensures.

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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.

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People using TERN: Jessie Buettel

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.

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Online data and tools transforming farm planning and monitoring

A natural resource management, research and industry consortium have used TERN infrastructure to deliver an innovative service that equips landholders to make better decisions for improved productivity and sustainability.

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People using TERN: Vanessa Haverd

TERN data are being used to improve on estimates of Australia’s annual terrestrial carbon budget, and place Australian scientists and our modelling tools at the forefront of global carbon accounting efforts.

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Detecting landscape change with drones

TERN has provided the research infrastructure and collaborative networks to support a landmark project that demonstrates the game changing role drones can play in characterising, mapping and monitoring changes in our natural and managed landscapes,  including mapping vegetation and landforms, tracking stock movements, and counting animals such as kangaroos.

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Booderee bandicoots bounce back

With the Australian Government’s $142.5 million National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) now in full swing we take this opportunity to revisit our discussions with hub leaders and hear about some exciting new research using TERN’s nation-wide infrastructure to protect our biodiversity.

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Biodiversity hotspots and their threats identified

TERN data and infrastructure have been used to map South Australia’s biodiversity hotspots, identify their climate change sensitivity, and ultimately inform priorities and strategies for conservation management.

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