TERN Ecosystem Surveillance undertakes field surveys implementing the AusPlots methodology across our plot network, which includes the Australian Transect Network (ATN). We use standardised methodologies across a 1 ha plot to collect baseline ecosystem surveillance data.

The data collected by AusPlots, including measurements, samples (vegetation and soils), and photopoints, are made available for use by the broader ecosystem science and management community to:

  • increase the understanding of the dynamics of plant species and soils
  • progress knowledge on distribution, abundance and threats to ecosystems
  • increase the knowledge of carbon and nutrient budgets of soils and vegetation
  • input into DNA barcoding of Australian vegetation and soil communities
  • determine the genetic and phylogenetic diversity and biogeography of continent
  • assist in the field validation of remote sensing products
  • assist state and federal agencies to meet monitoring and reporting obligations
  • create a photographic reference of key Australian bioregions, enhance existing State photo reference libraries.