The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is Australia’s fundamental enabling infrastructure for long-term ecosystem observing and research, for encouraging scientific collaboration and integration, and for guiding policy-makers as they respond to environmental opportunity and challenge in the future.
Established through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), TERN undertakes core scientific activities to deliver quality data, tools and expertise to understand Australia’s ecosystems and so enable their management for sustainable social and economic benefit. TERN works across the continent to collect and deliver information and knowledge about key elements of Australia’s ecosystems from their physical characteristics, through to the interactions of the biodiversity that lives within them, to the way that these aspects change through time and across the country.
No other national capability is able to deliver on this spectrum of information and knowledge needs, making TERN a cornerstone of Australia’s capabilities in environmental management. TERN’s work underpins the efforts of many individuals and organisations ranging from Universities, to all levels of Government, and industry, making it a central underpinning of the nation’s Science and Innovation Agenda.
AusCover is the remote sensing facility of TERN, providing important data and information about our ecosystems that are derived from airborne and satellite sensors, and delivered consistently at regional and national scales.