EcoTas13 Thurgate AusPlots

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TERN's Nikki Thurgate's presentation on AusPlots at EcoTas13 in November 2013.

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  • Chapters investigate what is know about particular ecosystems based on long term research.Chapter 3 looks at which ecosystems we have information on, and which communities are under-represented in Long Term Ecological Research in Australia.
  • Started by gathering information about what information was used in the book. Includes location and types of information.Is not all long term ecological research sites in Australia, but includes a great many – Assumed to be representative.
  • EcoTas13 Thurgate AusPlots

    1. 1. Missing Pages: Filling the Gaps in Australia’s Ecological Story Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network – The University of Adelaide: Nikki Thurgate Co-Authors: Ben Sparrow, Eleanor Dormontt, Stuart Phinn and Andrew Lowe
    2. 2. Context •TERN – provides research infrastructure to Australia’s ecosystem science and management community •A range of facilities combining expertise – Remote Sensing, Soils, Biogeochemical flux, Ecological plots •TERN is developing a framework to combine information to inform on the ecology of Australian environments •The “Field Ecology” components of TERN undertook to synthesise key findings from long term ecological research for Australia ( > 10 years of sampling) •Resulted in a book:
    3. 3. Chapters investigate what is know about particular ecosystems based on long term ecological research Chapter 3 looks at which ecosystems we have reasonable sampling density, and which communities are under-represented (i.e. gaps)
    4. 4. Started by gathering information on long term studies covered in book Includes location and type of ecological data NB. The book incorporates data from a great many, but not all, ecological studies, and is not intended to be representative – rather what was easily available and synthesisable
    5. 5. Coverage of ecological data assessed against • Climate – Hutchinson’s Agroclimatic Zones • Vegetation – National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) Major Vegetation Groups • Biomes • The Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia (IBRA) • Natural Resource Management Regions
    6. 6. Tropical Semi- Arid – Summer rain Arid Semi-Arid Winter Rain Temperate Mediteranean Alpine Hutchinson’s Agro-climatic Zones
    7. 7. MVG Hummock grasslands Acacia Systems Chenopods
    8. 8. Animate Ecoregions/NRM/Ibra NRM Regions The Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation of Australia
    9. 9. GIS analysis Assessed all ecological sites against these ecosystem classification layers and summarised results in terms of depth of coverage
    10. 10. Results - Climate Hut Red – Poorly Sampled Yellow – Sampled Green – Well Sampled
    11. 11. Red – Poorly Sampled Yellow – Sampled Green – Well Sampled
    12. 12. Summary Environments closer to populated areas are better monitored Arid and Semi Arid areas poorly monitored Spinifex Hummock Grasslands, Acacia woodlands/Shrublands and Chenopod Shrublands are all particularly poorly monitored.
    13. 13. Hummock Grasslands – 26% Aust
    14. 14. Acacia Systems ~18% Aust
    15. 15. Chenopods - ~9% Aust
    16. 16. -More info in the book
    17. 17. - More info in the book -New TERN infrastructure helping to fill these gaps over time. -Ausplots sampling in Rangelands – 500 plots
    18. 18. - More info in the book -New TERN infrastructure helping to fill these gaps over time. -Ausplots sampling in Rangelands – 500 plots -Standardised nationally consistent method
    19. 19. - More info in the book -New TERN infrastructure helping to fill these gaps over time. -Ausplots sampling in Rangelands – 500 plots -Standardised nationally consistent method -Electronic data collection
    20. 20. - More info in the book -New TERN infrastructure helping to fill these gaps over time. -Ausplots sampling in Rangelands – 500 plots -Standardised nationally consistent method -Electronic data collection so data automatically uploaded to AEKOS and S2S
    21. 21. - More info in the book -New TERN infrastructure helping to fill these gaps over time. -Ausplots sampling in Rangelands – 500 plots -Standardised nationally consistent method -Electronic data collection so data automatically uploaded to AEKOS -Development of new methods - www.tern.org.au

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