Revisiting Priorities for use of Ecosystem Research Infrastructure
On March 24 and 25, 2010, the first community meeting of the newly-established Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), was held in Brisbane. This was attended by 65 representatives of research organisations, state and federal government agencies, non-government organisations, and industry groups, all involved in ecosystem research and management in Australia. Attendees heard about the structure of TERN, its current activity and plans for access, and participated in lively and constructive discussion.
The major outcomes of the meeting were:
This workshop focussed on ACEAS principles (iv), (v) and (vi) which are to:
(iv) promote integrative research and the principles of ecosystem science to facilitate linkages between all ecosystem disciplines and the natural resource management community;
(v) 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
(vi) 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.