The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network is an Australian Government initiative to collect, store, manage and share scientific data about Australian ecosystems. TERN comprises a number of capabilities and plot networks to deliver critical research infrastructure and support for researchers, environmental managers and policy makers. TERN is infrastructure funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and significant co-contributions from partner organisations.
The TERN Australian SuperSite Network (SuperSites) seeks to understand how key ecosystems will respond to future environmental change by setting up a nationally consistent network of multidisciplinary and intensive ecosystem observatories.
Each TERN SuperSite is located in a significant Australian biome and the network spans a wide range of environmental conditions. The SuperSite network collects detailed data sets on flora, fauna and biophysical processes from each SuperSite.
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TERN makes monitoring data as openly accessible as possible noting that data users will be required to attribute the source of the data and sensitive data will be protected according to the legislative requirements.