TERN AusCover enables the use and access of field-verified remote sensing data products for accurate and precise mapping and monitoring of Australian ecosystems. This partnership of over 12 government and academic institutions collects data about ecosystems using satellites, airborne sensors, and onground systems. We then develop tools and data products that enable researchers and resource managers to measure, investigate and understand how our environments are structured and are changing over time.
We are part of Australia’s Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), which delivers an integrated, multi-disciplinary, national observing system for Australian ecosystems. Our primary goal is to assist in the production of ecosystem science data products designed specifically for Australian conditions. We work collaboratively across Australian science and natural resource management organisations to provide infrastructure that enables data collection, calibration, validation, synthesis, and development of new knowledge.
TERN AusCover focuses on geospatial data products measuring several biophysical variables for Australian ecosystems, including time-series, map products, and the associated field calibration and validation data that enable users to evaluate and appropriately apply our products in their work. Our datasets are used for a wide range of applications in ecosystem science and natural resources management.
TERN AusCover also provides access to a national network of Infrastructure and field protocols for use in ecosystem science and natural resource management. We support a nationally consistent approach to the delivery, calibration and validation of key remote sensing datasets, and our data is also the basis for calibration of numerous global earth observation data products.