Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

The University of Queensland

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TERN is a network of research institutions, university partners and CSIRO providing sophisticated research infrastructure for complex ecosystem science. The infrastructure is a combination of physical and virtual: data collections; systems for collecting, storing and sharing data; people and institutions that have developed them; and people and systems that help other researchers to maximise the power of the infrastructure. TERN is delivering critical research infrastructure and support for national and international networks of scientists, environmental managers and stakeholders, needed to improve understanding and management of Australia's ecosystems. We are working to bring about an Australian ecosystem science community that has undergone transformational change - from one in which effort was frequently fragmented, inefficient and short-term, to one that is national, multi-disciplinary, networked, collaborative and delivering for Australia’s future.

Website https://www.tern.org.au

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Data collection
  • Data processing, storage and publication
  • Integration, analysis and synthesis
  • Knowledge broking
  • Multidisciplinary networks
  • Future focus (infrastructure for long-term ecosystem science)
  • Environmental Sensors
  • Ecological Methods

Facilities and major equipment

  • AusCover (remote sensing facility)
  • AusPlots (national network of plots)
  • Australian SuperSite Network (network of ecosystem observatories)
  • Australian Transect Network (four sub-continental transects)
  • e-MAST (Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure Facility)
  • Long-Tern Ecological Research Network (LTERN) (long-term monitoring)
  • OzFlux (flux towers measuring energy, carbon and water exchanges)
  • Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia (national soils mapping)
  • Eco-informatics (including data repository, portal and web services)

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


TERN, Goddard Building, Building 8, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Q, 4072

Achievements of the centre

  • International linkages include NEON, NASA, US LTER, ANAEE. Hosting a round table meeting in 2016 ‘Towards a Global Observatory’
  • Publication of Biodiversity and Environmental Change: Monitoring, Challenges and Direction (Lindenmayer et al 2014)
  • Banksia Award (2014) for Indigenous biocultural knowledge ACEAS working group in the category of Indigenous Leadership for Sustainability

Organisation type

  • National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme

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