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Introducing TERN Qld SuperSites and using TERN flux tower and satellite-derived data to improve evapotranspiration and groundcover modelling
Presenters: Will Edwards, James Cook University/TERN and Jo Owens, University of Southern Queensland

Will Edwards will introduce TERN’s SuperSites, their function and in particular, the science questions addressed at the Queensland SuperSites at Robson Creek, Longreach, Samford and the potential new site in the Burdekin. Jo Owens will then explain her research using TERN flux and satellite-derived data to improve evapotranspiration and groundcover modelling. Jo will also discuss how useful it is to have access to data on carbon and water exchanges from Queensland and how important the new TERN Burdekin flux tower site will be for future research that fills critical knowledge gaps.

Question and Answer time follow the presentations.

Sep 2, 2020 03:00 PM in Brisbane

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Speakers

Will Edwards
Associate Professor @James Cook University
Will Edwards is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Zoology in the College of Science and Engineering at James Cook University and Program Leader of TERN Ecosystem Processes platform. He has interests in investigating a wide range of ecological patterns and processes and his work is very much cross-disciplinary. In addition to his current role in Ecosystem Processes, he is involved in projects as diverse as: the use of entomopathogenic fungi to control fruit fly pests; understanding carbon cycling in tropical rainforests; evaluating hunting sustainability and the potential role of protected areas in the YUS region of PNG; and the impacts of acoustic properties of introduced species.
Jo Owens
Research Fellow (Agricultural Engineering) @University of Southern Queensland
Jo Owens is a systems modeller and researcher with over 20 years’ experience in water balance and eco-hydrological modelling. Jo is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Agricultural Engineering at the University of Southern Queensland and works closely with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science on joint projects funded by the Drought and Climate Adaptation Program (DCAP) and the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program. She has extensive experience in modelling at the landscape, catchment and regional scales for runoff, soil erosion, water quality, land management and evapotranspiration. She has a passion for parameter estimation, model optimisation, programming with python and for working on collaborative projects across disciplines.