Our infrastructure

At its simplest level, eMAST is about delivering the right tools and resources to enable people to make the most of emerging data streams and new technologies in ecosystem science and management. Our infrastructure relates to the integration, organisation, access, synthesis, analysis and interpretation of ecosystem data. All of our infrastructure is freely available, and can be considered under some broad categories:

Observations and data products
We provide modelled high-resolution climate, bioclimate and land surface data sets derived from surface observations.
We assemble data sets from a variety of sources including flux tower and remote sensing data, as well as data from other TERN facilities. eMAST provides daily and monthly data on the main climate variables such as temperature, precipitation, radiation and vapour pressure, which are needed to drive ecosystem models at a spatial resolution of ~1km across the Australian continent.
By assembling and constructing key data sets, eMAST is providing the ‘raw ingredients’ needed by a wide variety of ecosystem researchers in their work. In doing this, we facilitate ecosystem modelling experiments and data-model comparison to enhance the performance and credibility of ecosystem models, and demonstrate their value to the wider community.

Models and tools
We provide an extensive set of tools for data analysis, visualisation, evaluation, benchmarking, and data-model comparison.
One of eMAST’s underlying goals is to bring ‘observations to models’ and create a new generation of ecosystem models that are benchmarked with the best available ecological data. Using the datasets that we assemble, we:

  • enhance the integration of high-quality observations into modelling applications,
  • improve and assess the models used in ecosystem science, and
  • develop a wide range of models, web interfaces, open-source tools and software packages.

Capacity- and community-building
eMAST is committed to equipping researchers, students and others with the skills that will help them to make the most of our infrastructure, and the wide range of other ecosystem data infrastructure on offer through TERN. We offer courses focussing on ecosystem and environmental sciences, the spatial and statistical analysis of such datasets, and complimentary course manuals.
We are also helping to build a connected community of researchers who share their knowledge and experience with others, and work collaboratively to progress our field. Find out more about our partners and our people.