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ternThe Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) was established in July 2009 to provide a national collaborative infrastructure and framework to assist in collection and management of scientific data to meet the needs of the terrestrial ecosystem research community. The network will also promote terrestrial ecosystems science interactions and planning in Australia.


TERN aims to provide a set of dedicated observation sites, standardised measurement methodologies, equipment and data, and information services with a focal point of consistent collection and management of time-series data sets and modelling facilities for terrestrial ecosystem research and natural resource management in Australia.  Currently there are more than 60 research collaborators from universities and government are directly involved in the TERN.


The Commonwealth Government, through the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has funded the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) from 2005 to 2011.  It has invested $20 million in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) as one of the NCRIS initiatives to establish the national and collaborative infrastructure required to facilitate enhanced ecosystem research.


The TERN project responds to the research community’s identified need to collect consistent terrestrial ecosystems research data. The project will provide outcomes at a national scale to support decision-making concerning Australian environmental matters, in particular those of a terrestrial nature.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 13:21