EcoTas13 Caddy-Retalic TERN Infrastructure

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TERN's Australian Transect Network Director Stefan Caddy-Retalic's presentation on TERN infrastructure at EcoTas13 in November 2013.

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EcoTas13 Caddy-Retalic TERN Infrastructure

  1. 1. TERN Infrastructure Building new ecological plot infrastructure to enable Australian science Stefan Caddy-Retalic Director, Australian Transect Network stefan.caddy-retalic@adelaide.edu.au
  2. 2. Rationale: What is TERN? • A network to provide infrastructure to enable Australian environmental science (i.e. not research, though some capacity for demonstration projects) • Building hard and soft infrastructure powerful enough to help answer big ecological questions • Improving networks across ecosystem science community (écologistes sans frontières) • Data and products to be made freely available • Empowering researchers and environmental managers • A service to be utilised
  3. 3. TERN Plot Networks • AusPlots – Forests – Rangelands • • • • Australian Transect Network Australian Super Site Network Long Term Ecological Plot Network (LTERN) Lots of other TERN facilities that are not plotbased (e.g. OzFlux, AusCover, Eco-Informatics, eMast, Coasts etc)
  4. 4. AusPlots Rangelands • Rangelands 81% of Australia, least studied regions, >decadal cycles • AusPlots designed to form a network of reference sites to be used as baseline data and for monitoring/trajectory projection and management. • Most sites “best on offer” • Include some of the most remote regions in Australia – therefore difficult (and expensive) for many researchers to access.
  5. 5. Australian Transect Network Developing transects that are: • Subcontinental scale • Cross multiple IBRA bioregions • Traverse environmental gradients (e.g. temperature, rainfall, land use) • Complement other TERN facilities (AusPlots, LTERN, Super Sites, AusCover) • Uses AusPlots Rangelands & other methodologies
  6. 6. AusPlots & ATN Sites • 1 ha (100mx100m) • 1010 point intercepts (substrate, multi strata veg) • Plant vouchers for each species Herbarium ID plus additional tissue for genetic and isotopic analysis (extra material for dominant spp) • 1x 1m+ soil characterisation Colour, texture, EC, pH, lithology etc • 9x 30cm soil characterisation Including soil crust for metabarcoding analysis • Basal area • Tri-photo point panoramas (Ben’s talk) • Leaf Area Index
  7. 7. Status to date AusPlots Forests AusPlots Rangelands SWATT Transect TREND Transect 332 sites surveyed with APR method 16 sites surveyed with APF method
  8. 8. Status to date • • • • • • • • • • Methodology published Training workshops held in SA & WA Field collection app developed Pipeline between field collection and data repository established Data publishing pathways operational Data published for ~100 sites in ÆKOS Data published in Soils 2 Satellites ~10,000 plant specimens ID’d by regional herbaria ~4 tonnes of soil deposited in National Soil Archive Genetic and isotopic samples available to research community
  9. 9. Using Data: Soils 2 Satellites www.soils2satellites.org.au • Targeted at general users (including scientists browsing) • Demonstration data visualisation tool w/ ALA & TERN Eco-Informatics • Users can get a sense of site attributes including: Landform, soils, veg composition and structure, soil metabarcoding • Currently ~30 sites available (intend to upload many more).
  10. 10. Using Data: ÆKOS www.aekos.org.au • Targeted at scientists and modellers • Data fully described • All data available for download • Suitable for new or combined analysis • Currently ~100 AusPlots/ ATN sites available in data portal • Data for ~100,000 other plots nationally
  11. 11. Using Samples • 332 sites of: – – – – Pressed herbarium specimens (ID, morphology etc) Dried leaf vouchers (DNA, isotopes, chemical analysis) Soil samples (chemical and physical characterisation) Surface crusts (DNA, soil microbiology, metabarcoding) • Samples are available to researchers – Projects likely to yield results of maximal utility to the research and management community will be prioritised – Subject to “share alike” principle
  12. 12. Take Home Messages • TERN is charged with developing scientific infrastructure to enable the Australian (and global) ecosystem science community • All TERN products will be made (or are already) freely available Data, software code, sample collections, etc • We want to work with you • New partnerships are welcome • Help us get better at serving you
  13. 13. Questions? stefan.caddy-retalic@adelaide.edu.au UAdel: (+61) 8 8313 1257

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