Providing means for a better understanding of biodiversity: Improving primary data and using it for threat assessment and in situ conservation planning in South America – Building IABIN

Published on 29 November 2011

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Start Date: 11 October 2010 | End Date: 15 April 2011


Objectives of this project were:

  1. To finalize and implement a Java-based algorithm to cross-check coordinates of IABIN’s terrestrial biodiversity data.
  2. To finalize and implement Java-based algorithm to add value to non-georeferenced records within the IABIN network.
  3. To assess all the primary data using the algorithms in (1) and (2) and provide IABIN with a detailed evaluation of all its primary biodiversity data.
  4. To finalize and implement a Java-based algorithm for the training of niche models (using a maximum entropy approach) and apply it to plant taxa with enough data located in South America.
  5. To overlay the developed geographic distributions with ecosystem threat, and protected areas layers, generate analysis metrics to provide the necessary background data for scenario assessment and policy making for South America.
  6. The development of an interactive Google maps-based interface to navigate through the biodiversity data and the modeling and overlaying results.
  7. To generate the appropriate documentation and reports on the developed tools.

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Donor: The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States


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