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Issue 67, June 2017


TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
June 2017
Director's update

When the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training recently announced recipients of the latest NCRIS grant funding, we were delighted to hear that TERN will receive $12,545,078 over the coming two years. This will provide the resources necessary to maintain our nation’s ecosystem observation system and sustain Australia’s global leadership in environmental prediction.

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Australia’s first state-wide ecosystem map

Assisted by TERN data infrastructure, the Queensland government has released Australia’s first comprehensive state-wide regional ecosystem maps, providing unparalleled detailed online information on the status of Queensland’s diverse native vegetation.

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Decades of data sustaining the Australian Alps

Seven decades of long-term monitoring data from the Alps, now openly available via TERN infrastructure, are not only increasing our understanding of impacts such as fire, grazing and exotic species invasions, but also informing land-management decisions by government agencies and private enterprise and helping document a small but important part of the Alps’ natural heritage.

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Beyond pretty pictures: real data, real information, real impact from drones

The third annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for Remote Sensing conference was on last month, and we were at the heart of the action discussing the latest technology and how best to continue providing world-leading remote sensing infrastructure and collaborative networks to support the use of UAS in characterising and monitoring environmental change.

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EcoEd training for first-rate science education

TERN has joined forces with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) to deliver a new training program that builds on our past educational achievements and provides the training required to further incorporate NCRIS-developed services, capabilities and expertise into Australia’s higher education and research sector.

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Get involved!

TERN can only ever be as good as the quality of input it gets – and that includes from our readers and collaborators everywhere. You can get involved in TERN’s work to build an essential resource for supporting Australian ecosystem science and management by using and contributing data to the portals of the various TERN facilities. Talk to these people about becoming actively involved in TERN’s work by providing data and knowledge for the Australian ecosystem science and management communities.
Stay informed!

TERN is a resource for everyone with an interest in ecosystem science: researchers, land and environmental managers, policy developers and citizen scientists. If you would like to be kept informed about TERN’s projects, subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Key Dates
Open Repositories 2017 Conference
26 - 30 June 2017

12th International Mammalogical Congress
9 - 14 July 2017

2017 Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference
11 - 14 July 2017
TERN involved

28 - 30 July
TERN involved

12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017)
Beijing, China
20 - 25 August 2017
TERN involved
Australian Rangeland Society 19th Biennial Conference
Port Augusta
25 -28 September 2017
TERN involved

Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) 33
16 - 17 October 2017
TERN involved

eResearch Australasia Conference 2017
16 - 20 October 2017
TERN involved

AusBiotech 2017
25 - 27 October 2017

EcoTas 2017
Hunter Valley
26 November - 1 December 2017
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Banner photo credits: Victorian Alpine Plot Network, John Morgan; Drone, Peter Scarth; Queensland Regional Ecosystems Map; Queensland Government DSITI.


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