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Documenting Recent Ecological Change in Australia: Your input required

You’re invited to take part in an exciting project that’s collecting stories and anecdotes to help build a national picture of ecological change across Australia over the past 10-20 years or more.  Choose an area you have known well for >10 years then take the survey and describe the types and potential causes of ecological changes you have seen there.

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Congratulations Professor Lyn Beazley AO

Congratulations to our esteemed Advisory Board chair, Professor Lyn Beazley AO, on her recent Honorary Doctor of Science from Edith Cowen University and Honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash University.

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Leading ecologists publish paper on power of TERN’s networked ecological transect infrastructure

A newly released paper in the journal Ecology and Evolution draws together the collective insights of many of the nation’s leading ecologists to demonstrate the power of TERN’s networked ecological transect infrastructure.

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May eNews out now!

This month we discuss the ongoing priorities of Australia's environmental research infrastructure, and showcase a new global analysis of dryland forests; sound technologies for biodiversity monitoring; and our infrastructure, services and data that our stakeholders are demanding now and into the future.

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Finding the lost forests of the drylands

A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands across dryland ecosystems using TERN data has increased current estimates of global forest cover by nearly 10%. The work, just published in Science, is a direct result of TERN’s on-going collaborations with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization through their Global Forest Survey, which uses TERN data for crucial on-ground verification of satellite-based analyses.

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New science on climate change’s impact on Australia’s soils

TERN’s research infrastructure and sample collections are being used to investigate how climate change driven changes in aridity and plant communities will impact soil nutrient cycles and microorganisms. The research is set to provide vital information for improved agricultural and environmental management.

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Greater Impact through Environmental Infrastructure: NCRIS Symposium

You’re invited to a special science symposium that will showcase the impact of 10 years of investment into environmental infrastructure, and provide a platform to foster new collaborations and shape future innovations to enable ongoing influence.

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April eNewsletter out now!

This month's eNewsletter features biodiversity & farm health research; Australia's Earth observation technology and infrastructure; digital soil mapping tools and global collaborations; and the upcoming NCRIS Science Symposium in Canberra.

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550 ecosystem surveillance plots and counting

2017 sees TERN reach a milestone of 582 ecosystem surveillance plots sampled across our rangelands and tall forest ecosystems. Vegetation, soil and landscape data from over 500 plots are now openly accessible via TERN’s open access data infrastructure and represent an invaluable resource for ecosystem science in Australia.

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March eNewsletter out now!

This month we feature four stories of Australian researchers using TERN’s innovative technology and trusted data to achieve a national-scale understanding of our ecosystems. 

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February eNewsletter our now!

This month we showcase just some of the ways in which TERN is already contributing to a national environmental prediction system such as the Daintree Drought Experiment; mapping fire severity across the Top End; and teaming up with Google to deliver soil and landscape information.

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TERN facilitated publications catalogued

Since its inception, TERN's infrastructure has been used in a wide range of research, resulting in the publication of more than 950 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles or books. Here, we explore some of the themes and patterns in this collection of research output.

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January Newsletter out now!

Our first 2017 newsletter showcases new research using TERN on some of the quintessential characteristics of the Australian environment: fire and heat waves—all of which are in evidence across our nation this summer.

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QLD climate change projections now available via TERN

High-resolution climate change projection data for Queensland created by the Queensland Government’s Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) are now openly available via the TERN Data Discovery Portal.

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December eNewsletter out now

Season’s greetings to all. Our three newsletter stories in this final newsletter edition for 2016 are exemplars of how our national observatory for Australian ecosystems is delivering data streams that enable environmental research and management.

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November eNewsletter out now!

This month we feature: our collaborations with NASA on their ECOSTRESS mission; a new improved version of our AEKOS data portal; research using TERN to build better forest models; and a unique citizen science experience that’s  using tea bags to collect uniform decomposition data across ecosystems worldwide.

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TERN at ESA16

With this year’s Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) conference kicking off this Monday, it’s high-time we showcase what TERN related events will be happening at the conference.

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500 ecosystem surveillance plots and counting

TERN has collected environmental data from over 500 ecosystem surveillance plots across Australia’s rangeland and tall forest ecosystems. These vegetation, soil and landscape data represent an invaluable resource for surveillance monitoring of Australian ecosystems and are helping scientists and land managers nationwide to better monitor, understand and manage our landscapes.

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NCRIS industry collaboration delivers improved data citation services

TERN, together with fellow NCRIS project the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), have partnered with Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science to provide an improved data citation service that facilitates better understanding of the data underpinning research and enables data custodians to track data use.

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Advancing Australia’s understanding of fire and its management: TERN @ #Bushfire16

Bushfire16 was on last month and we were there showcasing our open infrastructure and data to help our science and management partners advance Australia’s understanding of fire and fire management. Take a virtual tour of the action as we showcase the conference via Twitter.

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