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Commitments for biodiversity conservation require, inter alia, the assessment of the status and trends of biodiversity. For the key users, this translates into an increased demand for relevant and easily accessible biodiversity information. In this context, GEO BON, one of the flagships of GEO, is developing the framework of the Essential Biodiversity Variables (EBVs).

Proposal

The EBVs are a minimum set of complementary measurements that capture major dimensions of biodiversity change, and are produced by integrating primary observations, (from e.g. in-situ monitoring or remote sensing), in space and time. The production chain of EBVs often requires the use of models and ancillary data and should be documented in open and reproducible workflows. The portal developed by GEO BON will deliver those EBVs to users, at various scales, and will allow on the fly calculations and visualisations of trends. The portal will provide access to the Remote Sensing enabled EBVs developed within the ESA GlobDiversity and H2020 NEXTGEOSS projects.

Benefits

  • Improved available EBV data portal to respond to key users' needs
  • Provision of discoverable and harmonized EBV datasets
  • Creation of integrated visualization and analysis platform for the end users supporting the environmental reporting
  • Improved research and access to relevant data

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