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.
Our three key themes are Biodiversity, Land & Terrain, and Carbon & Water.
The following presentation, by former TERN Director Stuart Phinn, also provides further information on TERN's role in enabling: improved use and re-use of data, improved collaboration to address key questions, and greater collective influence on ecosystem science and management in Australia (approximately 40 minutes long). You can access the powerpoint slides from this presentation here.
TERN was created in 2009 by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) via a $20m funding program through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and $4.1m from the Queensland State Government. An additional $25.63m was provided to TERN in 2011 as part of an additional funding allocation from the Australian Government under the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative. Further funding and in-kind contributions have been received from numerous other partners.