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Issue 78, July 2018
Space Station Study of Plant Stress; Climate Models; Climate Change Impacts on SA Plants; Indigenous Biodiversity Data


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

The current Australian drive to develop a Space Industry is presenting many opportunities for development of TERN’s future research infrastructure. Through our Landscape Assessment platform, we have a chance to not only contribute knowledge for the identification of gaps in operational remote sensing technologies to inform investment in future technology innovations, but also to use space technology to improve efficiency of our land-based research infrastructure.

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TERN data used in space station study of global climate

Another collaboration has blasted off between NASA and TERN that’s set to dramatically improve global climate monitoring. NASA’s ECOSTRESS mission to the International Space Station launched from Cape Canaveral last week, providing critical climate data to scientists, helping them have a better understanding of how crops, the biosphere and the global carbon cycle respond to water availability and drought.

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Stepping stones to even more accurate climate models

New research from Australia’s prestigious Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science has laid down some vital stepping stones for further improving the models we rely on for future climate predictions. By providing model-ready data on southern hemisphere ecosystems, TERN has enabled this global scale analysis that provides important benchmarks for evaluating the predictability of climate models.

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The impact of climate change on South Australia’s flora

A new synthesis has identified the implications of climate change for South Australia’s plant species and the state’s biodiversity. What does a warmer future mean for SA’s plants, including its 418 endemic species? Can plants adapt to environmental change, or will they eventually be driven to local extinction? Read on to get the answers to these questions and more as the researchers discuss their findings.

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Tanami Indigenous biodiversity data released

Data on the biodiversity of more than 10 million hectares of land in central Australia are now openly available via TERN. Collected by Indigenous rangers and traditional owners in collaboration with the mining industry, land council
and environmental consultancy partners, the dataset is an invaluable resource for the conservation and sustainable use of one of Australia’s most remote and under-surveyed regions

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Key Dates
5th Oceania Congress for Conservation Biology
Wellington, New Zealand
3 - 5 July 2018

10th AP-BON Workshop
Kuching, Malaysia
6 - 7 July 2019

useR! 2018
10 - 13 July 2018

EcoScience Pathways Forum
20 July 2018
Supported by TERN

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

Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018
14 - 18 October 2018
eResearch Australasia 2018
15 - 19 October 2018
Supported by TERN

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

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

2018 National Private Land Conservation conference
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
13 - 15 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
Supported by TERN

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
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: Matthew Northwood; Central Land Council
Article photo credits top to bottom: Pixabay; TERN; Greg Guerin; Central Land Council


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