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Issue 70, October 2017
Great Barrier Reef Data Portal; NCRIS Support of ARC CoE; Tasmania Platypus Visualisations; Global Ecosystem Observatory

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

Welcome to the October TERN newsletter. Earlier this month, the TERN Advisory Board held its third and last meeting for 2017. Those present saw the important challenge ahead of us in proving that we can reliably take our national, long-term data sets and mimic the past, a task which is surely a pre-condition for building trust in our ability to say something sensible about the future. Making its contribution to meeting this challenge is what TERN is focused on.

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Facilitating real research impact: TERN supports prestigious ARC Centres of Excellence

TERN infrastructure, open data and research services are being used by some of Australia’s most successful scientists, spread across many universities and institutions. Three Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence—Australia’s most prestigious foci of research expertise—rely on TERN to deliver world-leading climate science and vegetation biology; and make the most appropriate environmental decisions.

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Students provide comprehensive record of the reef

A new data repository has been launched that provides open access to in-depth environmental data collected as a result of education activities conducted on the Great Barrier Reef. Together with our partners we’re compiling a comprehensive record of the reef that researchers and regulatory agencies can use to monitor changes, and that anyone can use to learn more about this wonder of the natural world.

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Visualising a century of platypus sightings

Users and uses of TERN data are proving to be as diverse as the data themselves. Join us as we showcase one TERN user’s engaging visual data story of 100 years of platypus sightings using Tasmanian State Government data openly available via TERN.

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Towards a global ecosystem observatory

TERN is leading concerted multi-national efforts to create an integrated network of networks that would observe and assess the current state and trajectory of ecosystems worldwide. Building on last year’s TERN-hosted meetings, we’ve just finished further discussions in China, Vietnam and France with leaders of analogous ecosystem observing networks from around the world.

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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
AusBiotech 2017
25 - 27 October 2017

Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017
6 - 15 November 2017
Hosted by TERN

TropAg2017: International Tropical Agriculture Conference
20 - 22 November 2017

EcoTas 2017
Hunter Valley
26 November - 1 December 2017
Supported by TERN

22nd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2017)
3 - 8 December 2017

2017 AGU Fall Meeting
New Orleans, USA
11 - 15 December 2017
TERN involved
2017 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute
11 December 2017 - 2 February 2018
Supported by TERN

AMOS-ICSHMO 2018 - Joint 25th AMOS National Conference and 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography
5 - 9 February 2018
TERN involved

National Eucalypt Day
23 March 2018
TERN involved

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

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Banner photo credits left to right: Platypus Data Visuals, Jonni Walker; Research at UQ Heron Island Research Station, Chris Roelfsema; TERN Tumbarumba Ecosystem Observatory, Will Woodgate.
Article photo credits top to bottom: TERN; Chris Roelfsema; Jonni Walker; Pixabay



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