ACEASThe Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) is a virtual and physical Facility within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) for both disciplinary and inter-disciplinary integration, synthesis and modelling of ecosystem data to aid in the development of evidenced-based environmental management strategies and policy at regional,
state and continental scales.


The key principles of ACEAS are to:

  • facilitate the advancement of pure and applied ecosystem knowledge through the search for spatial and temporal patterns and principles in existing data;
  • improve the organization and synthesis of ecosystem information in a manner useful to researchers, resource managers, and policy makers addressing important natural resource management issues;
  • influence the way ecosystem research is conducted in the future, in both the short and long term, promoting a culture of synthesis, collaboration, and data sharing;
  • promote integrative research and the principles of ecosystem science to facilitate linkages between all ecosystem disciplines and the natural resource management community;
  • serve as a conduit between the ecosystem and natural resource management communities in the development of innovative management strategies for sustainable management of Australia’s natural resources and the maintenance of biodiversity; and
  • assist in planning the evolution of TERN into the future. In particular, to determine the types of data and new infrastructure required to address remaining major applied and pure questions in ecosystem science.