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Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables at the Species Level

Pereira, HM; Belnap, J; Bohm, M; Brummitt, N; Garcia-Moreno, J; Gregory, R; Martin, L; ... Van Swaay, C; + view all (2016) Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables at the Species Level. In: Walters, M and Scholes, RJ, (eds.) The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks. (pp. 79-105). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) is developing a monitoring framework around a set of Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs) which aims at facilitating data integration, spatial scaling and contributing to the filling of gaps. Here we build on this framework to explore the monitoring of EBV classes at the species level: species populations, species traits and community composition. We start by discussing cross-cutting issues on species monitoring such as the identification of the question to be addressed, the choice of variables, taxa and spatial sampling scheme. Next, we discuss how to monitor EBVs for specific taxa, including mammals, amphibians, butterflies and plants. We show how the monitoring of species EBVs allows monitoring changes in the supply of ecosystem services. We conclude with a discussion of challenges in upscaling local observations to global EBVs and how indicator and model development can help address this challenge.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables at the Species Level
ISBN-13: 978-3-319-27286-3
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27288-7_4
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-27288-7_4
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s) 2017. This chapter is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/) which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. The images or other third party material in this chapter are included in the work’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in the credit line; if such material is not included in the work’s Creative Commons license and the respective action is not permitted by statutory regulation, users will need to obtain permission from the license holder to duplicate, adapt or reproduce the material.
Keywords: Species, EBV, Monitoring, Population abundance, Distribution
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Div of Biosciences > Genetics, Evolution and Environment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1530024
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