Photos that tell flood stories

A new tool is utilising historical photos together with maps, data and videos to visualise the effects floods have our landscape and communities. Read more to learn just how we are telling flood stories with photos


Integrating research gives the grounds for healthy catchments

Australia’s coastal catchments are management battlegrounds. Two very different kinds of TERN infrastructure are helping stakeholders ensure that river-mouth water quality targets are met in some of the most topical and contested catchments in the country: those flowing into the lagoon of the Great Barrier Reef.


Visualising floods to strengthen understanding and resilience

A collaborative project involving TERN, CSIRO and ANDS, and incorporating datasets from a wide range of stakeholders including IMOS, TERN’s Coasts facility, local councils, government agencies, and non-government agencies, will generate the most comprehensive picture yet of the diversity and extent of the impacts of the 2013 flood events in the Logan and Albert catchments of south-east Queensland.


Water is always a topic of interest to Australians, living and working as we do on the driest inhabited continent on Earth. We are regularly faced with numerous challenges caused by having too little or too much water. So it’s not surprising that TERN infrastructure is being used by stakeholders all over the country to increase understanding of our water resources.  TERN is working to more effectively monitor and report on catchment management, investigate the functioning of nearly waterless ecosystems and groundwater systems, and generate comprehensive visualisations of destructive floods. Recently TERN’s reach has even extended to the frozen waters of Antarctica. In addition, this year’s ACEAS Grand Workshop considered the consequences of global intensification of land use for freshwater ecology.

On this page you will find regularly updated links describing the efforts of TERN and our many partners to increase and share our understanding of Australia’s water resources and to plan for the sustainable management of these precious resources.




  • AusCover expands into the cold south: TERN’s collaborative network continues to grow and mature, and the latest addition to our national ecosystem data infrastructure is the Tasmanian node of AusCover. Led by Arko Lucieer at the University of Tasmania, the node will complement AusCover’s existing wealth of expertise – adding another dimension through the use of unmanned aircraft systems for environmental monitoring.
  • An amazing shrub that survives on little water in a tiny pocket of the northern Flinders Ranges could help scientists understand how species adapt to drying climatic conditions — and the work TERN-associated scientists are doing there is building bridges of mutual knowledge with the local community. Click here to read the full article.
  • The past two years have seen a significant decline in the watertable in the most important groundwater recharge area for the city of Perth, in Western Australia. Local infrastructure established through TERN’s OzFlux facility is being used to investigate the reasons why, along with some of the ecological and social consequences. Click here to read more.
  • Freshwater ecology was the focus of this year’s annual ACEAS Grand Workshop. Twenty-two leading aquatic scientists and policymakers from academia, research institutions and government departments came together in Brisbane in June to collaboratively address important issues in freshwater ecology in Australia and overseas.
  • TERN’s infrastructure is enabling increasing numbers of Australian researchers to participate in, and even lead, collaborative international scientific studies. In one recent study, Australian and international researchers combined forces using TERN data to compare ecosystem responses and resilience to droughts across continents. More...

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