The establishment of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) commenced in July, 2009, under the then Australian Federal Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIIRSR) NCRIS Program. The goal for TERN has been to provide a national collaborative infrastructure and associated scientific frameworks, to assist in collection and management of science-quality data to meet the needs of the terrestrial ecosystem research community. Ongoing government funding has allowed us to build and operate a significant data facility and extensive, collaborative network of domain experts and users that form part of the AusCover partnership.
The TERN AusCover remote sensing data facility, provides a national terrestrial remote sensing data and information service, to enable a nationally consistent approach to the collection, delivery and validation of key current and future continental-scale satellite biophysical datasets and ancillary high-resolution data over key field sites”, developed or adapted specifically for Australian conditions.
TERN AusCover operates as a multi-agency partnership consisting of a large Australian expert network that now includes over 12 partner institutions and expert teams from across the country. Our international collaborations include NEON (U.S.A), the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics group (GOFC-GOLD), Boston University, and University of Alberta among others.