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Issue 74, February 2018
Plant Climate Adaptation; River Red Gum & Mulga Drought Tolerance; Latest Data; Feedback Survey Summary


TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
February 2018
Director's update

In this month's newsletter, we once again turn our attention to the ways in which people are using TERN infrastructure and data. There are enormous opportunities in providing real-time information about our natural world, but to really succeed in making a difference we need to make our discipline more reliably predictive. This month's articles illustrate that we're already taking steps in this direction, and our recent engagement with our Commonwealth Government departmental stakeholders and internationally-based cognate observatories demonstrates our ongoing commitment to accelerating ecological knowledge-generation and enhancing TERN's predictive capacity.

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Spotting the signals of climate adaptation

Why are some plants able to grow across multiple ecosystems and others not? Does this flexibility make them more adaptable to climate change? Meet the team of scientists who are investigating these questions and providing vital insights into predicting plants’ responses to climate change and how to revegetate degraded landscapes more successfully.

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People using TERN: Rachael Nolan

New research on two of Australia’s most iconic and widespread trees—the river red gum and mulga—is helping solve the puzzle of how they’re able to coexist in some of the nation’s hottest and driest environments. The results have major implications for how we manage our arid ecosystems and their groundwater resources and also for helping balance Australia’s carbon budget.

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Data Update - February 2018

Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories. This month we feature plant trait and vegetation data collected along NSW's Biodiversity and Adaptation Transect Sydney, which forms part of TERN’s national network of large-scale transect-based research infrastructure.

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TERN Feedback Survey: summary of results

Thanks to everyone for your help with our recent feedback survey, the response rate and quality of feedback have been remarkable. Here we share a quick summary of some of the results.

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Key Dates
The Research Bazaar 2018
January - March 2018

Universities Australia Higher Education Conference 2018
28 February - 2 March 2018

ABARES Outlook 2018
6 – 7 March 2018

4th Australian Government Data Summit
6 – 8 March 2018

2018 National AeRO Forum
14 March

Measuring the impact of research - public lecture
19 March 2018

National Eucalypt Day
23 March 2018
TERN involved

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018
Vienna, Austria
8 - 13 April 2018
TERN involved

NRM Science Conference 2018
10 - 11 April 2018

Coast to Coast 2018
16 - 20 April 2018

7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
El Jadida, Morocco
17 - 19 April 2018

6th South Australian Weeds Conference
2 - 3 May 2018
TERN involved

Climate Adaptation 2018
8 - 10 May 2018

Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) Meeting 2018
Chiba, Japan
20 - 24 May 2018

Ecoacoustics Congress
24 - 28 June 2018
TERN involved

useR! 2018
10 - 13 July 2018

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Valencia, Spain
23 - 27 July 2018
TERN involved

Joint TERN OzFlux and AsiaFlux Workshop and Conference
20 - 26 August 2018
Hosted by TERN

Boston, USA
12 - 17 August 2018

ForestSAT 2018
Maryland, USA
2 - 5 October 2018

eResearch Australasia 2018
15 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved

ILTER Annual Conference
Taichung, Taiwan
15 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved

International Data Week 2018
Gaborone, Botswana
5 - 8 November 2018

Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2018
25 - 30 November 2018
Supported by TERN
What is TERN?

TERN is Australia’s land ecosystem observatory. We observe and measure the cause and effect of ecosystem change—from site to continental scale—and deliver data streams that enable environmental research and management.
TERN delivers:
  • Ecosystem data and the programs to collect it including plot data from surveillance and targeted monitoring programs; gas, energy, and nutrient exchanges; remote sensing data; modelled data products about soil, climate, and landscape attributes; and vegetation and soil samples for physical analysis;
  • Tools for the research community including national consistent field methods, data collection apps, and data publishing tools; and
  • Data infrastructure that supports discovery, access, and re-use of ecosystem data collected by TERN and others.
Banner photo credits left to right: Thomas Pyne, Suzanne Long, Rachael Nolan
Article photo credits top to bottom: Thomas Pyne, Rachael Nolan,
Susan Rutherford, TERN


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