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How should regional biodiversity be monitored?

Buckland, S.T.; Baillie, S.R.; Dick, J.McP.; Elston, D.A.; Magurran, A.E.; Scott, E.M.; Smith, R.I.; Somerfield, P.J.; Studeny, A.C.; Watt, A.. 2012 How should regional biodiversity be monitored? Environmental and Ecological Statistics, 19 (4). 601-626. 10.1007/s10651-012-0202-7

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Abstract/Summary

We consider quantification of biodiversity in the context of targets set by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Implicit in such targets is a requirement to monitor biodiversity at a regional level. Few monitoring schemes are designed with these targets in mind. Monitored sites are typically not selected to be representative of a wider region, and measures of biodiversity are often biased by a failure to account for varying detectability among species and across time. Precision is often not adequately quantified. We review methods for quantifying the biodiversity of regions, consider issues that should be addressed in designing and evaluating a regional monitoring scheme, and offer a practical guide to what types of survey are appropriate for addressing different objectives for biodiversity monitoring.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1007/s10651-012-0202-7
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.1 - Develop methods to quantify the link between biodiversity ..
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.3 - Develop integrated environmental assessments and modelling ...
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity
CEH Sections: Billett (to November 2013)
Watt
ISSN: 1352-8505
Additional Keywords: biodiversity, convention on biological diversity, diversity profiling, monitoring, survey design
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Mathematics
Biology and Microbiology
Botany
Date made live: 17 Jan 2013 14:33 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/21199

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