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Monitoring biodiversity change through effective global coordination


Navarro, Laetitia M; Fernandez, Nestor; Guerra, Carlos; et al; Schaepman, Michael E (2017). Monitoring biodiversity change through effective global coordination. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 29:158-169.

Abstract

The ability to monitor changes in biodiversity, and their societal impact, is critical to conserving species and managing ecosystems. While emerging technologies increase the breadth and reach of data acquisition, monitoring efforts are still spatially and temporally fragmented, and taxonomically biased. Appropriate long-term information remains therefore limited. The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) aims to provide a general framework for biodiversity monitoring to support decision makers. Here, we discuss the coordinated observing system adopted by GEO BON, and review challenges and advances in its implementation, focusing on two interconnected core components — the Essential Biodiversity Variables as a standard framework for biodiversity monitoring, and the Biodiversity Observation Networks that support harmonized observation systems — while highlighting their societal relevance.

Abstract

The ability to monitor changes in biodiversity, and their societal impact, is critical to conserving species and managing ecosystems. While emerging technologies increase the breadth and reach of data acquisition, monitoring efforts are still spatially and temporally fragmented, and taxonomically biased. Appropriate long-term information remains therefore limited. The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) aims to provide a general framework for biodiversity monitoring to support decision makers. Here, we discuss the coordinated observing system adopted by GEO BON, and review challenges and advances in its implementation, focusing on two interconnected core components — the Essential Biodiversity Variables as a standard framework for biodiversity monitoring, and the Biodiversity Observation Networks that support harmonized observation systems — while highlighting their societal relevance.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Social Sciences, General Environmental Science
Language:English
Date:1 December 2017
Deposited On:04 Jan 2019 16:25
Last Modified:27 Oct 2019 06:57
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1877-3435
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cosust.2018.02.005
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID654003
  • : Project TitleGLOBIS-B - GLOBal Infrastructures for Supporting Biodiversity research
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID312559
  • : Project TitleCOSADIE - Collaborative and Sustainable Astronomical Data Infrastructure for Europe
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID641762
  • : Project TitleECOPOTENTIAL - ECOPOTENTIAL: IMPROVING FUTURE ECOSYSTEM BENEFITS THROUGH EARTH OBSERVATIONS

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