Truly sustainable management and use of Australia’s unique ecosystems requires:
- a comprehensive understanding of ecosystem composition and function, and how these are changing over time (eg in response to altered fire regimes, climate variability, species extinctions or invasions);
- appropriately resourced long-term monitoring programs that report on meaningful indicators at relevant temporal and spatial scales to build a better national picture of our major ecosystems;
- adaptive management processes that can evaluate and respond to changes reported by the monitoring programs; and
- world leading predictive modelling capability that can integrate data from a range of disciplines and scales to evaluate management options and their impacts.
While these goals may have been occasionally achieved in the past at local and regional scales or for particular ecosystem types or landuses, TERN enables Australia to progress towards sustainability on a continental scale. Our nationally networked infrastructure and multidisciplinary approach is already enabling pastoralists, government agencies and the ecosystem science community to work across administrative boundaries and increase understanding, measure and monitor change, and more sustainably manage our ecosystem assets.
On this page you will find regularly updated links describing some of the ways in which TERN and its many partners are working to help improve the sustainability of management and use of Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems.
Satellite eye on Australia’s vegetation
The impact of TERN’s collaborative, multi-scale, and national approach to ecosystem science is once more on show this month, with the release of a new National Biomass Library, National Biomass Map, and landmark high-resolution map products of woody vegetation height and cover, via TERN AusCover.
A watchful eye on Australia’s fires
A new wave of advancements in remote-sensing technologies delivered through TERN’s AusCover Facility is providing more accurate, up-to-date information about the environmental variables that influence fire risk, and improving stakeholders’ ability to remotely-track fires near and far.