Welcome to our first 2017 newsletter. It not only highlights many quintessential characteristics of the Australian environment, including drought, fire and heat waves—all of which are in evidence across our nation this summer—but links well with the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap for which TERN provided comment earlier this month.
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.
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.
New tools to improve state fire mapping
The South Australian Government have partnered with TERN to develop new techniques that improve state fire mapping, and understanding of fire location, extent and timing. The new methods use TERN’s satellite data products, and align with those of neighbouring states, in a significant step towards nationally consistent fire mapping.
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.
TERN can only ever be as good as the quality of input it gets – and that includes from our readers and collaborators everywhere. You can get involved in TERN’s work to build an essential resource for supporting Australian ecosystem science and management by using and contributing data to the portals of the various TERN facilities. Talk to these people about becoming actively involved in TERN’s work by providing data and knowledge for the Australian ecosystem science and management communities.
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