IFE Webinar: The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN): Australia's land ecosystem observatory

23rd June 2020

TERN is part of Australia’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and was established to measure key terrestrial ecosystem attributes over time, from continental scale to field sites at hundreds of representative locations.


WHEN: Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 12.00pm - 1.00pm


COST: Free



Researchers can freely access the TERN data and sample collections, tools, and training for environmental and societal impact.
TERN provides:

  • More than 2500 open access datasets, including:
    • continental-scale gridded remote sensing, soil and landscape products
    • plot-based soil and vegetation surveillance monitoring data
    • time series flux tower, phenocam and acoustic monitoring sensor data
  • Tools that support the discovery, analysis and re-use of data, including:
    • cloud-based virtual desktop to run and share experiments (CoESRA)
    • data submission, harmonisation and retrieval of ecological data tool (SHaRED)
    • data discovery, mapping and visualisation tool
  • Services that facilitate research, education and management, including:
    • more than 100,000 catalogued plant and soil samples
    • nationally consistent field methods
    • guidelines for calibration and validation of remotely-sensed data
    • field data collection apps
  • A network of more than 700 ecosystem monitoring sites and sensor data streams available to long-term researchers

This webinar will provide an insight into the capabilities of TERN and show how you can benefit from this national research infrastructure.


Associate Professor Ben Sparrow (TERN)

Ben leads TERN’s Ecosystem Surveillance Program, enabling ecosystem surveillance monitoring across Australia and open access to ecological data. Ben has previously worked for both the South Australia and Northern Territory government environment agencies. His current research focuses on surveillance monitoring of Australia, and the benefits of integrating spatial information with ecology for improved management outcomes.


This lecture supports IFE's research in the Centre for the Environment.

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