ACEAS Sponsored Symposium PDF Print E-mail

ACEAS sponsored a Symposium at the Ecological Society of Australia’s 50th anniversary conference which was held from the 6-10 December 2010. Our Symposium was held on the 6 December and the topic was Long-term, trans-scale, integrated monitoring of the Australian landscape.


The brief for the session was as follows.

A range of approaches can be applied to the monitoring and measurement of ecosystems, which differ broadly in spatial and information content scales, from remote sensing, through broad-scale plot surveys, down to intensively studied plots with flux towers. Within these approaches, a range of new methodologies and exciting developments have been progressing analytical capabilities at these different monitoring and surveying scales, but have to date remained relatively poorly integrated. This symposium encourages the submission of talks that will highlight the latest monitoring developments across the range of approaches (e.g. plot based, remote sensing, photo/spectral analysis, genomic analysis), and projects that aim to integrate across approaches and scales. The symposium will finish with a facilitated discussion that teases out new questions and paradigm shifts that could potentially be developed from a trans-scale monitoring approach applied to Australian landscapes.


The session contained the following speakers who represented a range of TERN facilities and some key speakers from different organizations, geographic locations and approaches to the topic.



A unique, plot-based approach to monitoring Australian tropical rainforests Matt Bradford (CSIRO)

New innovations for remote sensing revolutionise long-term monitoring Alex Held (TERN AusCover)

Intensive monitoring sites: relevance, integration and effectiveness in natural resource management Mike Liddell (TERN Supersites)

Long-term, trans-scale, integrated monitoring of Brazilian landscapes: lessons for Australia William Magnusson (National Institute for Amazonian Research)

Measuring the contribution of CAR reserves to mature forest biodiversity in production forest landscapes Simon Grove (Warra LTER)

OzFlux: the Australian flux and ecosystem research network Helen Cleugh (TERN Ozflux)

Twenty years and two transects: spatial and temporal variation in local patterns of biodiversity Michael Bamford (MJ & AR Consulting Ecologists)

Biodiversity benchmarks in the Australian rangelands Andrew Lowe (TERN Ausplots)

Trophic energy links population community and ecosystem indicators of ecological stress and rehabilitation success across multiple scales Sandy Gilmore (Bush Heritage Australia)

Vegetation type modelling and mapping: optimal application of old data and new techniques Ian Oliver (Department of Environment and Climate Change, NSW)

Reconstructing historical transformations of Australia’s vegetated landscapes Richard Thackway (ACEAS sabbatical fellow)



In addition to the talks and discussion at the end, TERN sponsored a stand.

This attracted much attention, and was a good way to explain more about TERN and its facilities.

New material for stand included the new TERN information brochure, the TERN video and cartoon soon to be seen on the TERN web site, and the new ACEAS brochure.


Tern Stand