The goal of TERN is to provide open access for researchers to Australia’s land-based ecosystem monitoring infrastructure, data and research tools and thus contribute to a broader understanding and long-term sustainable management of Australia’s ecosystems.
To achieve its goal, TERN uses consistent and standard ecosystem measures over time to observe and measure ecosystem change across the continent.
From the beginning, the TERN ecosystem field observatory was structured around three key scales of observation:
TERN’s Data and Modelling services manage datasets derived from its terrestrial ecosystem field observatory. Within its data services capability, TERN data infrastructure also enables the Australian community of ecosystem researchers to collect, contribute, store and share data.
TERN’s project management team ensures the observatory and data components of its national infrastructure are fully integrated. Integration of the observatory’s components delivers an exponentially more powerful set of information.