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Access Data

TERN provides access to wide variety of ecosystem data covering multiple disciplines through several “Facility” based data delivery systems.

The information below explains the delivery status, and how to access discipline specific datasets from each of the TERN Facilities.


AusCover provides satellite-based biophysical map products, remote sensing data time-series, and selected high-spatial resolution datasets. The data delivery system includes a network of nationally distributed computing infrastructure, each with a suite of web-enabled data services (THREDDS, OPeNDAP, Geoserver, etc.). The AusCover data website links to all the central and distributed servers and services along with documentation about the AusCover data system. The AusCover metadata catalog service provides metadata information about the data products available from the Facility. All gridded products will be translated to Network Common Data Format – Climate and Forecast (NetCDF-CF) to make them available for browsing, subsetting or aggregation via web services. The AusCover visualisation portal is under development and is due for release in first quarter of 2013.

Australian Coastal Ecosystem

The Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility (ACEF) collects and distributes key coastal datasets for use in policy and management decisions about the protection and use of Australia’s coastal assets, both marine and freshwater. It addresses data collection needs from fine scale to satellite collections of flora, fauna and biophysical properties of coastal ecosystems. All coastal information can be accessible from the Coastal information hub .

Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) publishes synthesised data products produced by the ACEAS sponsored working groups and workshops. Many of these datasets are available as map-based visualisations and are downloadable from the ACEAS data portal along with related information.


The TERN-OzFlux Facility publishes datasets related to flux of carbon dioxide and water vapour. The OzFlux Data Portal is the primary repository for TERN-OzFlux data. Data on the portal are organised into collections with each collection representing a single site. A collection may contain multiple files, representing multiple years of data gathering, depending on the length of time the site has been operational. Data are stored on the portal as NetCDF files that conform to the CF Metadata convention. Visitors to the portal can browse all available data collections and view the metadata for the files in these collections.

Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia

TERN’s Soil and Landscape Facility provides a number of national soil attribute and terrain derivative data sets, primarily as fine resolution raster/grid files. Datasets are available for viewing and downloading through the Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS) and the CSIRO Data Access Portal (DAP).

Multi-Scale Plot Network

The Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN) will publish data from ecological monitoring programs. LTERN is composed of 12 ecological plot networks across Australia that have been actively monitored for several years and in some cases decades. All the data are available from LTERN Data Portal.

Australian Supersite Network

The Australian Supersite Network (ASN) is a sub-Facility in the Multi-Scale Plot Network and publishes datasets about Australian Terrestrial biomes from 10 different supersite across Australia. Data sets uploaded to the ASN are stored in a secure Metacat repository. Access to the data is through the ASN web portal. Some of the data sets from the portal may be restricted and requires login credentials. Requests for access and login details can be made by clicking on the record you require or by contacting Mirko Karan


The Eco-Informatics Facility has developed the Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS) to store rich contextual ecological data and is accessed via a sophisticated online data portal. The Portal enables browsing, searching, viewing and retrieval of many different types of ecological data systematically collected at the sampling unit level (plot, quadrat, transect, trapping array, tissue sample). Datasets can be referenced in ÆKOS with a metadata description only, or a metadata description with an attached opaque file such as an Excel spreadsheet, or the data within a significant dataset can be fully integrated and federated, with contextual information describing the data added so that researchers can assess its fitness for purpose and reuse. Fully ingested and integrated data is accessible at the sampling unit level (e.g., number per quadrat) and this enables selected records from many datasets to be combined and downloaded via a shopping cart. Data are free and openly accessible under Creative Commons licences. Some data (<1% of datasets) are subject to the TERN Attribution Data Licence v1.0. Restricted data so are not currently published and remain with data custodians.

Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure

Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure (e-MAST) are generating a comprehensive set of elevation sensitive interpolated climate data at monthly and daily time steps. The interpolated climate data are available as continent-wide 0.01 degree (approximately 1km) grids and for interrogation at arbitrary points. The overall time coverage will be from 1970 to 2011. The data and modelling products developed by e-MAST is discoverable from TDDP and hosted in National Computing Infrastructure (NCI).