The Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure (eMAST) assembles the datasets and tools to enhance ecosystem models and enable ecosystem scientists to access and utilise these models and their outputs.
eMAST’s technical and human infrastructure is increasing the capacity of Australia’s ecosystem science community to take advantage of new technologies and datastreams to model and understand natural and managed ecosystems.
eMAST is a facility of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and uses data collected across the breadth of TERN’s infrastructure, as well as data from other sources. The models and data that eMAST works with have applications across landscape management, carbon accounting, and climate prediction, and also link biophysical and biochemical processes to biodiversity conservation, water resources and fire risk. By integrating modelling with this wide range of data types, eMAST is able to unlock the potential in new data-streams like TERN’s and also to systematically test and improve a variety of models.
eMAST has three main focus areas:
- Integrating TERN and other data streams on the National Computing Infrastructure (NCI);
- Enabling data assimilation, and the evaluation, accreditation and optimisation of ecosystem models;
- Driving advances in ecosystem science, impact assessment, and land management.
TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).