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TERN Symposium 2011

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  1. 1. AusPlots Facility<br />Presentation by Prof. Andy Lowe<br />
  2. 2. Purpose of AusPlots<br />National network of surveillance and ecosystem baseline assessment sites<br />Develop common, rapid method (ecosystem specific), integrated with state/territory monitoring of ecosystems (Rangelands and Forests), to establish broad coverage, low intensity ecosystem description and surveillance network for Australia to assist ecosystem condition reporting and trajectory monitoring<br />First phase - rangelands (81% of the continent); Second phase – mesic forests<br />Collect consistent biodiversity data and integrate with current knowledge<br />
  3. 3. AusPlots - Key Questions<br />AusPlots will undertake surveillance surveys to collect baseline ecological data for use by the broader ecological and management community to:<br />increase the understanding of the dynamics of plant species and soils;<br />progress knowledge on distribution, abundance and threats to ecosystems;<br />increase the knowledge of carbon and nutrient budgets of soils and vegetation; <br />input into DNA barcoding of Australian vegetation and soil communities;<br />determine the genetic and phylogenetic diversity and biogeography of continent <br />assist in the field validation of remote sensing products;<br />assist state and federal agencies to meet monitoring and reporting obligations; <br />create a photographic reference of key Australian bioregions, enhance existing State photo reference libraries.<br />
  4. 4. Infrastructure – Continental stratification<br />A continental stratification process to group bioregions to establish biodiversity monitoring plots<br />Stage 3. GIS analysis within each bioregion<br />Stage 1. Determining Bioregional groupings using hierarchical clustering techniques<br />Based on the best available spatial information on:<br /><ul><li>Climate
  5. 5. Regolith/Landform
  6. 6. Major Vegetation
  7. 7. Groups</li></ul>Based on: <br /><ul><li>Scientific information
  8. 8. Vegetation Mapping or Land Units
  9. 9. Logistical information
  10. 10. e.g. Distance from tracks
  11. 11. Political information
  12. 12. e.g. State monitoring priorities
  13. 13. Historical Information
  14. 14. e.g. Previous monitoring sites</li></ul>Stage 2. Decisions on which bioregions to sample<br />In consultation with state and territory agencies<br /><ul><li>Scientific Information
  15. 15. Logistical Information
  16. 16. Political Information
  17. 17. Historical information</li></ul>Stage 4. Field Location<br />Based on: <br />Based on:<br /><ul><li>Homogenaity
  18. 18. Orientation
  19. 19. Representativeness
  20. 20. Suitability</li></li></ul><li> Infrastructure – plot method<br />1,000 (approx) permanent biodiversity survey plots established throughout the Australian rangelands (NSW, NT, Qld, SA, WA)<br />Combine traditional and cutting edge techniques – modular<br />baseline surveys of vegetation and soil diversity and structure<br />collect leaf and soil samples for analysis<br />Taxonomy, carbon, nutrients, isotopes, <br />DNA barcoding, phylgoeography, genomics<br />Photo points, image interpretation and remote sensing integration<br />Method to be developed for forestry plots<br />
  21. 21. Plan for community engagement<br />Current<br /> Reference Groups<br /> Wide consultation of Discussion paper (ESA)<br /> Jurisdictional involvement in plot selection <br /> Presentations<br /> Fliers<br />Future<br />Jurisdictions to undertake initial assessment<br />Newsletter<br />Presence on TERN website<br />
  22. 22. Acknowledgements<br />Partners/collaborators<br /><ul><li>Australian Collaborative Rangelands Information System (ACRIS)
  23. 23. Bush Blitz
  24. 24. National Forest Inventory (NFI) – DAFF
  25. 25. Atlas for Living Australia/Gaia Resources
  26. 26. Australian Centre for Visual Technologies (ACVT)
  27. 27. International Barcode of Life (IBOL)/Australian Biological Resources Study
  28. 28. AusCover and soils facilities (TERN)</li></li></ul><li> Facility Contact Details<br />AusPlots Coordinator - Jeff Foulkes, Adelaide University <br />AusPlots-Rangelands Coordinator - Andrew White, Adelaide University <br />AusPlots-Forests Coordinators – David Bowman, University of Tasmania<br /> – Claire Howell, DAFF<br />AusPlots-Rangelands Surveys Manager - Ben Sparrow, Adelaide University <br />MultiScale Plot Director - Prof. Andy Lowe, Adelaide University<br />LAMPS Coordinator - Jim Deed, Adelaide University <br />