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EcoTas13 Caddy-Retalic TERN Infrastructure



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

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 EcoTas13 Caddy-Retalic TERN Infrastructure Presentation Transcript

  • TERN Infrastructure Building new ecological plot infrastructure to enable Australian science Stefan Caddy-Retalic Director, Australian Transect Network
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Status to date AusPlots Forests AusPlots Rangelands SWATT Transect TREND Transect 332 sites surveyed with APR method 16 sites surveyed with APF method
  • 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
  • Using Data: Soils 2 Satellites • 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).
  • Using Data: ÆKOS • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Questions? UAdel: (+61) 8 8313 1257