As well as delivering valuable remote sensing data products for use in science and management, TERN AusCover’s suite of infrastructure includes tools that assist researchers to undertake their work more effectively.
In total, TERN AusCover delivers:
- Nationally-consistent, standard biophysical data products;
- Specialised satellite, airborne, and in-ground research-grade data;
- Metadata and technical support documents;
- Physical storage and efficient delivery to end-users;
- Solved data formats, interoperability and data management/policy;
- Set national standards and field validation protocols, including the Australian first ‘TERN AusCover Good Practice Guidelines’ handbook that gives details on how to correct and check remotely sensed data products to ensure they can be used for science and management applications;
- International benchmarking e.g. Committee on Earth Observation Satellites Working Group for Calibration and Validation of Land Products
A wide range of professionals across government, research, and industry use TERN AusCover to:
- Assess natural and human induced changes in the environment including impacts of bushfires, climate variability, and intensive development;
- Compare environmental variables across the country in space and time by drawing upon the satellite image archives for Australia;
- Measure the relative benefits and impacts of legislated environmental management programs on Australia’s major land and coastal ecosystems; and
- Facilitate national and international links between research, government, and industry.