Integrating ongoing biodiversity monitoring

Potential benefits and methods

Pierre Yves Henry, S. Lengyel, Piotr Nowicki, Romain Julliard, Jean Clobert, Tatjana Čelik, Bernd Gruber, Dirk S. Schmeller, Valerija Babij, Klaus Henle

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Abstract

Halting the loss of biodiversity comes along with the need to quantify biodiversity composition and dynamics at large spatial and temporal scales. Highly standardized, international monitoring networks would be ideal, but they do not exist yet. If we are to assess changes in biodiversity now, combining output available from ongoing monitoring initiatives is the only option. However, integration of biodiversity information across schemes is still very poorly developed. In this paper, we outline practical issues to be considered when planning to combine existing monitoring information. First, we provide an overview of avenues for integration along the four dimensions that characterize a monitoring design: sample size, biological coverage, spatial coverage and temporal coverage. We also emphasize that complementarity in monitoring targets across schemes enables to describe complex processes of biodiversity dynamics, e.g. through relating species traits to the impacts of environmental changes. Second, we review some methods to overcome differences in designs among monitoring schemes, such as site selection, post-stratification and measurement error. Finally, we point out some commonly used statistical methods that are at hand for combining data or parameter estimates. We especially emphasize the possible levels of data integration (raw data, parameter estimates, or effect size estimates), and the largely under-exploited potential of meta-analysis methods and weighted analyses. This contribution aims to bolster the practice and use of integration of ongoing monitoring initiatives for biodiversity assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3357-3382
Number of pages26
JournalBiodiversity and Conservation
Volume17
Issue number14
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008

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Keywords

  • 2010 target
  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Biodiversity indicator
  • Biodiversity monitoring
  • Conservation
  • Global change
  • Meta-analysis
  • Sampling design
  • Temporal trend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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Henry, P. Y., Lengyel, S., Nowicki, P., Julliard, R., Clobert, J., Čelik, T., ... Henle, K. (2008). Integrating ongoing biodiversity monitoring: Potential benefits and methods. Biodiversity and Conservation, 17(14), 3357-3382. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-008-9417-1

Integrating ongoing biodiversity monitoring : Potential benefits and methods. / Henry, Pierre Yves; Lengyel, S.; Nowicki, Piotr; Julliard, Romain; Clobert, Jean; Čelik, Tatjana; Gruber, Bernd; Schmeller, Dirk S.; Babij, Valerija; Henle, Klaus.

In: Biodiversity and Conservation, Vol. 17, No. 14, 12.2008, p. 3357-3382.

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Henry, PY, Lengyel, S, Nowicki, P, Julliard, R, Clobert, J, Čelik, T, Gruber, B, Schmeller, DS, Babij, V & Henle, K 2008, 'Integrating ongoing biodiversity monitoring: Potential benefits and methods', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol. 17, no. 14, pp. 3357-3382. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-008-9417-1
Henry, Pierre Yves ; Lengyel, S. ; Nowicki, Piotr ; Julliard, Romain ; Clobert, Jean ; Čelik, Tatjana ; Gruber, Bernd ; Schmeller, Dirk S. ; Babij, Valerija ; Henle, Klaus. / Integrating ongoing biodiversity monitoring : Potential benefits and methods. In: Biodiversity and Conservation. 2008 ; Vol. 17, No. 14. pp. 3357-3382.
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