TERN OzFlux Governance


TERN OzFlux is an international network of flux sites in Australia and New Zealand. TERN OzFlux is a program of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), funded in part under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

The TERN Ozflux network is administered by a team of researchers in CSIRO Land and Water and the wider TERN OzFlux Central Node. This team determines protocols for measurements, data processing and quality control, provides a database to archive data from each site and provides training to site operators as required. The TERN OzFlux Central Node manages the data and the data portal web site external link.

The Program Leader is Dr. Suzanne Prober (CSIRO Land and Water), the Scientific Leader is Dr. James Cleverly (University of Technology Sydney), and the Data Manager is Dr. Peter Isaac.

A Steering Committee chaired by Dr Helen Cleugh (CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere) provides scientific leadership for the network and coordinates logistics as required.

Steering Committee Roles and Terms

The TERN OzFlux Steering Committee was re-established as a result of discussions at the TERN OzFlux Conference at Calperum, July 2016, with further discussion at the first meeting of the Steering Committee on August 4 2016.

The aims of the Steering Committee are to facilitate communication among Principal Investigators (PIs) and with Central Node, increase collective decision-making and discussion, and share the management and operational load.

Central Node currently includes 4 part-time staff facilitating TERN OzFlux operations on a national basis, including developing data processing protocols, guiding site data processing and management, web page updates and facilitating continuous and accurate datastreams from all TERN OzFlux towers. The Directorate includes a Program Leader and a Science Leader. The Program Leader manages relationships with TERN Central other TERN programs, contracting, finances, general operations etc. The Science Leader is responsible for strategic science directions, external business, collaborations etc.

All PIs are invited to attend steering committee meetings, and a range of ‘observer’ attendees are encouraged to attend, including other TERN program leaders.

It was agreed the steering committee would comprise the following positions:

Chair – To help with the smooth running of meetings and decision making, supported by Directorate and Secretary in determining agenda and taking minutes

Directorate representative – Program Leader and/or Science Leader as above

Secretary – Responsible for leading agenda preparation, taking and managing minutes, miscellaneous administration and correspondences, ensuring action items followed up.

External communications – This includes three positions:

  1. Joint role with TERN Supersites to prepare joint newsletter, undertake operational contact with PIs on as needs basis, joint outreach, sponsors;
  2. TERN OzFlux communications – external relationships and managing TERN OzFlux publications list;
  3. Ad hoc member as local host for annual TERN OzFlux conference and workshop.

Note – all PIs responsible for communications relevant to their own sites.

TERN OzFlux Central Node representative – quarterly reporting and proposal for activities of Central Node staff in following months; communications relevant to datastreams - data discussions, FluxNet, NASA interactions, reporting and monitoring; polling of what people want from Central Node

Collaborations and science links – coordinating and managing links with Australian and international collaborators and data users, e.g. FluxNet, AsiaFlux, CABLE, government departments, guiding TERN OzFlux representation at relevant conferences

Industry engagement – Outreach and engagement with industry. This requires a more dispersed effort capitalising on individual connections. Industry engagement is thus represented by a subcommittee, including representatives for different sectors, including agriculture, water, Bureau of Meteorology, Department of the Environment, forestry, education and outreach, and tourism.

Appointment of Steering Committee Positions

  • It was agreed that all Steering Committee (including Directorate) positions would be reviewed annually. A maximum three year term was recommended but this was not considered a rigid requirement. Where there are several nominees, positions can be appointed through a ballot of PIs and Central Node staff.

  • It was recognised that while contracts sit with CSIRO it is simpler for the Program Leader to sit within CSIRO. Any change in contractual arrangements would require that Program Leader appointment process be revisited.

  • More early-career researchers are encouraged to take a role on the committee.

Current appointments as of 4 August 2016 are:

Steering Committee Position Appointee Affiliation
Chair Helen Cleugh CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere
Program Leader Suzanne Prober CSIRO Land & Water
Science Leader James Cleverly University of Technology Sydney
Secretary Craig Macfarlane CSIRO Land & Water
Comms (1) joint TERN SuperSites Mirko Karan James Cook University
Comms (2) TERN OzFlux external Anne Griebel Western Sydney University
Comms (3) TERN OzFlux conference Lindsay Hutley Charles Darwin University
Central Node representative Peter Isaac, Ian McHugh, Cacilia Ewenz as available Independent, Monash University, Flinders University
Collaboration & science links Jason Beringer University of Western Australia
Industry engagement Wayne Meyer plus subcommittee* University of Adelaide

*Wayne Meyer (Agriculture, Water) reporting for subcommittee comprising Michelle Ganes (Agriculture), Tim Wardlaw (Forestry), Peter Cale (Education and Outreach), Jason Beringer (Educational development, goals and opportunities), Mike Liddell (Tourism)

Data Policy

The TERN Ozflux data files on this website are freely available and are furnished for use by the research community. Please kindly inform the site investigators of how you are using the data and of any publication plans.

If the principle investigator (PI) or members of their team feel that they should be acknowledged or offered participation as authors, they will let you know and we assume that an agreement on such matters will be reached before publication.

If your work directly competes with that of the PI's investigation team they may ask that they have the opportunity to submit a manuscript before you submit one that uses unpublished (preliminary) data.

Please acknowledge the data source (either the PI or the TERN Ozflux Web Site) as a citation or in the acknowledgments if the data are not yet published.

In addition, when publishing, please acknowledge the agency that supported the flux tower research.

Lastly, we kindly request that those publishing papers using this TERN Ozflux data please provide preprints to the scientists providing the data.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Suzanne Prober (ph: +61 8 9333 6789).

Modified: 02/15/2019