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Issue 80, September 2018
Incomplete Long-Term Data Solution; Cape York Survey; Leaf Trait Data; Infrastructure Survives Savanna Fires

 

 

 

 
TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
 
e-Newsletter
September 2018
Director's update

Welcome to our September newsletter, the first since the appointment of the new Australian Government Minister of Education, Hon Dan Tehan MP. We congratulate 
Mr Tehan on his new portfolio and look forward to working with him in demonstrating research impact in Australia and how it is enabled by excellence in national research infrastructure. TERN also thanks Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham for his work in the Education portfolio, particularly with respect to securing the 2018 research infrastructure capital investment outcome.

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#FieldWorkFail? Making the most of incomplete long-term datasets

Let’s face it, sometimes fieldwork just doesn’t go to plan. Thankfully, however, there’s an exciting new data modelling solution, called MARSS, that allows users to investigate incomplete datasets caused by missing values. Find out more us as we talk to the scientists who have tested the MARSS technique using a 22-year-long TERN dataset.

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It’s a long way to the top if you wanna survey Cape York

TERN has added 24 more permanent plots to its national network of over 600 ecosystem surveillance sites. The new sites just added in Far North Queensland mean that TERN now provides open-access to environmental data and samples from 85% of Australia’s major terrestrial vegetation groups and over 50% of the nation’s bioregions.


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Data Update – September 2018

Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories. This month we feature ecophysiology and plant trait data collected by researchers using TERN’s open-access network of ecosystem process monitoring SuperSites and subsequently reused in new scientific research.


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Sensitive sensors survive savanna scorching

When collecting data on fire it’s to be expected that things are going to get a bit hot sometimes. The annual clash between sensitive science infrastructure and seasonal bushfires unfolded yet again this year at TERN’s tropical savanna ecosystem observing site. Read on to find out how the site burnt but added to TERN’s long-term dataset—essential for Top End fire understanding and management.

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Key Dates

Global Citizen Science - Can citizens deliver and make a difference?
Canberra
11 September 2018


ICOS Science Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
11 - 13 September 2018
TERN involved



ICRI 2018 - 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures
Vienna, Austria
12 - 14 September 2018
TERN involved



Phenology 2018
Melbourne
23 - 27 September 2018
Supported by TERN



ForestSAT 2018
Maryland, USA
2 - 5 October 2018
TERN involved



5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS 2018)
Adelaide
2 - 5 October 2018



TERENO International Conference 2018
Berlin, Germany
8 - 12 October 2018



Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018
Adelaide
14 - 18 October 2018



eResearch Australasia 2018
Melbourne
15 - 19 October 2018
Supported by TERN



AuScope Strategy Workshop 2018
Adelaide
18 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved



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

 

UN World Data Forum 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
22 - 24 October 2018



3rd International Greenhouse Gas Workshop
Nanjing, China
22 - 25 October 2018



2018 National Private Land Conservation conference
Brisbane
24 - 26 October 2018
11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium
Kyoto, Japan
24 - 26 October 2018
TERN involved



GEO XV Plenary
Kyoto, Japan
31 October - 1 November 2018
TERN involved



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



Territory Natural Resource Management Conference 2018
Darwin
13 - 15 November 2018



Forum on International Cooperation among Environmental Research Infrastructures
Brussels, Belgium
19 November 2018
TERN involved


Research Infrastructures and the Paris Agreement on Climate
Brussels, Belgium
20 - 21 November 2018
TERN involved


Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2018
Brisbane
25 - 30 November 2018
Supported by TERN



Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference
Sydney
4 - 6 December 2018
Supported by TERN



Functional Ecology Conference
Nancy, France
10 - 13 December 2018
TERN involved


AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
Washington D.C., USA
10 - 14 December 2018
TERN involved



29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, ICCB 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21 - 25 July 2019



ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019
Leipzig, Germany
2 - 6 September 2019
TERN involved





 
 
 
What is TERN?

We observe, record and measure critical terrestrial ecosystem parameters and conditions for Australia over time from continental scale to field sites at hundreds of representative locations. This information is standardised, integrated and transformed into model-ready data, enabling researchers to discern and interpret changes in land ecosystems.


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.
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