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Issue 76, May 2018
Soil Exposure Good for Human Health; Agricultural Improvements From Phosphorus-Efficient Australian Natives; Vegetation Decomposition Data 


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

Welcome to our autumn newsletter which features examples across the full supply chain of TERN’s research infrastructure, from data generation to data use. This month’s stories once again emphasise that TERN’s value is not just in the environmental data it generates, but our legacy is the information that flows from the data and the impact it has in adding value to the nation.

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New science shows ‘a little dirt never hurt’

It’s something that parents all over the world have suspected forever, but now the benefits of playing in the dirt have been backed by science. In fact, new research using TERN data and tools indicates that exposure to the right kind of soil actually benefits human health at the population level and reduces our collective risk of sickness.

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People using TERN: Ashlea Doolette

Every year our farmers apply many tonnes of expensive fertiliser because Australia’s soils are naturally deficient in phosphorus. To help reduce this reliance on fertiliser, Dr Ashlea Doolette from the University of Adelaide is using TERN to learn from our ‘phosphorus-efficient’ native plants and develop novel approaches that could save our agricultural industries millions of dollars every year.

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Data Update - May 2018

Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories. This month we feature vegetation decomposition data collected at TERN’s nation-wide network of ecosystem process monitoring SuperSites as part of the global Tea Bag Index project. Grab a cuppa and explore the data...

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Key Dates
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

Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science (C3DIS 2018)
28 - 31 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

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
23 - 27 September 2018
ForestSAT 2018
Maryland, USA
2 - 5 October 2018
TERN involved

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

eResearch Australasia 2018
15 - 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

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

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

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

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference
4 - 6 December 2018
TERN involved

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.
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Banner photo credits left to right: SA Department for Environment and Water; Tamara Potter; Ashlea Doolette
Article photo credits top to bottom: Pixabay Ben_Kerckx; Ashlea Doolette; Mirko Karan


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