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The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. 2017. Hudson. L.N. […]; Hébert, C.; et al. 2017. Ecol. Evol. 7: 145-188.

Year: 2017

Available from: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 37810

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2579

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Abstract

The PREDICTS project—Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (www.predicts.org.uk)—has collated from published studies a large, reasonably representative database of comparable samples of biodiversity from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts relating to land use. We have used this evidence base to develop global and regional statistical models of how local biodiversity responds to these measures. We describe and make freely available this 2016 release of the database, containing more than 3.2 million records sampled at over 26,000 locations and representing over 47,000 species. We outline how the database can help in answering a range of questions in ecology and conservation biology. To our knowledge, this is the largest and most geographically and taxonomically representative database of spatial comparisons of biodiversity that has been collated to date; it will be useful to researchers and international efforts wishing to model and understand the global status of biodiversity.

Plain Language Summary

Basing their work on published studies, the researchers built a large database on planetary biodiversity in the context of the PREDICTS project (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems). The database, which is freely available online, contains 3.2 million samples collected from over 26,000 sites and representing more than 47,000 species.

The data originate from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts on land use.

In this article, the researchers explain how the database can be useful in answering scores of questions relating to ecology and conservation biology. According to the researchers, it is the largest and most geographically and taxonomically representative database available. It allows spatial comparisons of biodiversity.

This database will be useful to international researchers who seek to model and understand the global status of biodiversity.

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