The TERN Australian SuperSite Network is made up of a number of "SuperSites" located across the country, each representative of a different ecosystem type.

A SuperSite is an intensive ecosystem observatory set up to examine the status and processes of one of Australia’s many ecosystems. Each SuperSite comprises a main field site that takes vegetative, faunal and biophysical measurements and works over at least one gradient (topographical or ecological) transect in a typical and important biome in Australia.

How does one go about carrying out a research project at the SuperSites?

Funding for the TERN SuperSites is primarily derived from the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) but the network has also received significant state government and institutional cash and in-kind support. As NCRIS funded infrastructure, the aim of the TERN SuperSites is to provide both field infrastructure and long-term ecosystem monitoring data streams as ‘infrastructure’ used by researchers, educators and natural resource managers for a variety of purposes including base-line data, calibration and validation and modelling.

The TERN SuperSites network has goals relating to Scientific, Education and Public Outreach outcomes.

The scientific goals relate to enabling a better understanding of continental scale ecology through long-term and intensive ecosystem studies at SuperSite locations across Australia that provide calibration and validation to remote sensing technologies and assist TERN to engage the scientific community with continental scale datasets.

The SuperSite education goals are to provide infrastructure and tools for students and educators that allow rich and diverse training opportunities for the next generation of ecological and ecosystem scientists.

Public outreach activities aim to promote public understanding of ecosystem sciences and the various Australian biomes studied by the SuperSites. Long-term data collected at the SuperSites will enable natural resource managers and the public, make informed decisions on ecological issues at local to continental scales.

Australian SuperSite Network

Coordinator

Dr Mirko Karan
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow
James Cook University Cairns Campus
PO Box 6811
Cairns QLD 4870
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Ph (61) 7 4232 1559
Fax (61) 7 4232 1319


Facility Director

Assoc. Prof. Mike Liddell
Facility Director Australian SuperSite Network
James Cook University Cairns Campus
PO Box 6811
Cairns QLD 4870
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Phone: (07) 4232 1275


Data Systems

Dr Alvin Sebastian
Data Systems : Software Developer
Australian SuperSite Network
James Cook University
Brisbane QLD 4000
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Shiela Lloyd
Data Systems : Data Librarian
Australian SuperSite Network
James Cook University
Cairns QLD 4878
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