RRC ID 68371
Author Oliver RY, Meyer C, Ranipeta A, Winner K, Jetz W.
Title Global and national trends, gaps, and opportunities in documenting and monitoring species distributions.
Journal PLoS Biol
Abstract Conserving and managing biodiversity in the face of ongoing global change requires sufficient evidence to assess status and trends of species distributions. Here, we propose novel indicators of biodiversity data coverage and sampling effectiveness and analyze national trajectories in closing spatiotemporal knowledge gaps for terrestrial vertebrates (1950 to 2019). Despite a rapid rise in data coverage, particularly in the last 2 decades, strong geographic and taxonomic biases persist. For some taxa and regions, a tremendous growth in records failed to directly translate into newfound knowledge due to a sharp decline in sampling effectiveness. However, we found that a nation's coverage was stronger for species for which it holds greater stewardship. As countries under the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework renew their commitments to an improved, rigorous biodiversity knowledge base, our findings highlight opportunities for international collaboration to close critical information gaps.
Volume 19(8)
Pages e3001336
Published 2021-8-12
DOI 10.1371/journal.pbio.3001336
PMID 34383738
IF 8.386
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