Toward a Global Biodiversity Observing System

  title={Toward a Global Biodiversity Observing System},
  author={Robert J. Scholes and G M Mace and Woody Turner and Gary N. Geller and Norbert J{\"u}rgens and Anne Larigauderie and Doug Muchoney and Bruno A. Walther and Harold Mooney},
  pages={1044 - 1045}
Tracking biodiversity change is increasingly important in sustaining ecosystems and ultimately human well-being. 
Monitoring plant functional diversity from space
A satellite mission designed to track changes in plant functional diversity around the globe could deepen the understanding of the pace and consequences of this change and how to manage it.
Making Marine Life Count: A New Baseline for Policy
The Census of Marine Life aids practical work of the Convention on Biological Diversity, discovers and tracks ocean biodiversity, and supports marine environmental planning.
Distorted Views of Biodiversity: Spatial and Temporal Bias in Species Occurrence Data
A historical dataset of 170,000 bird sightings over two centuries is compiled and analyzed to show how changing trends in data gathering may confound a true picture of biodiversity change.
Monitoring biodiversity change through effective global coordination
Impacts of ocean climate variability on biodiversity of pelagic forage species in an upwelling ecosystem
The assessment of marine biodiversity is difficult because sampling methodology often varies depending on oceanographic research programs, and it is logistically difficult and expensive to maintain long-term data sets.
Envisioning a Marine Biodiversity Observation Network
Humans depend on diverse ocean ecosystems for food, jobs, and sustained well-being, yet many stressors threaten marine life. Extensive research has demonstrated that maintaining biodiversity promotes
Our Uncommon Heritage: Biodiversity Change, Ecosystem Services, and Human Wellbeing
Foreword Preface 1. Biodiversity change Part I. Diagnosing the Biodiversity Change Problem: 2. Biodiversity in the modern world 3. Biodiversity and ecosystem services 4. Biodiversity loss,
Southern Hemisphere biodiversity and global change: Data gaps and strategies
Long-term datasets needed to detect the impacts of global change on southern biodiversity are still scarce and often incomplete, challenging adaptation planning and conservation management.


Indicators for Monitoring Biodiversity: A Hierarchical Approach
The three primay attributes of biodiversity recognized by Jerry Franklin are expanded into a nested hierarcby that incorporates ele- ments of each attribute at four levels of organization: re- gional landscape, community-ecosystem, population- species, andgenetic.
Towards the global monitoring of biodiversity change.
A biodiversity intactness index
A biodiversity intactness index (BII) is proposed for assessing progress towards this target that is simple and practical—but sensitive to important factors that influence biodiversity status—and which satisfies the criteria for policy relevance set by the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The 2010 biodiversity indicators: challenges for science and policy.
  • G. Mace, J. Baillie
  • Environmental Science
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • 2007
It is concluded that urgent steps are needed to complete the indicator set, reduce and refine the agreed measures, ensure that work is started soon so that reliable reporting occurs in 2010, and start soon on planning for subsequent assessments.
The Convention on Biological Diversity's 2010 Target
Approaches to identifying more of the earth’s biological diversity; understanding how biological, geophysical, and geochemical processes interact; and presenting scientific knowledge in time to contribute to and achieve the 2010 target are described.
Quantifying Biodiversity: a Phylogenetic Perspective
  • D. Faith
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
  • 2002
The phylogenetic diversity measure estimates the relative feature diversity of any nominated set of species by the sum of the lengths of all those phylogenetic branches spanned by the set (Faith 1992a, 1992b, 1994b).