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Stop ignoring map uncertainty in biodiversity science and conservation policy


Jansen, J and Woolley, SNC and Dunstan, PK and Foster, SD and Hill, NA and Haward, M and Johnson, CR, Stop ignoring map uncertainty in biodiversity science and conservation policy, Nature Ecology and Evolution, 6 pp. 828-829. ISSN 2397-334X (2022) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41559-022-01778-z


Halting the unprecedented loss of biodiversity is one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Area-based management frameworks, such as national parks or marine protected areas, are a popular tool to combat threats to biodiversity but require comprehensive information on the spatial distribution of biodiversity to properly instigate. Recent advances in observation technologies, data sharing and modelling techniques mean that comprehensive predictive maps of the distribution of species, populations, assemblages and bioregions can now be readily produced. However, despite ongoing discussion about the need to address uncertainty in species and biodiversity distribution modelling, and the effect that ignoring uncertainty may have on evaluating risk (and ultimately on conservation outcomes), the uncertainty of predictions is still inadequately communicated by the research community.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:species distributions
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Ecology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Jansen, J (Dr Jan Jansen)
UTAS Author:Hill, NA (Dr Nicole Hill)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:Johnson, CR (Professor Craig Johnson)
ID Code:150070
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-05-18
Last Modified:2022-09-01
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