Biophysical modelling and prediction of spatial patterns in biodiversity: biological data audit and acquisition. Progress Report
This task has been scoping and acquiring available biological datasets from various sources that are suitable for biodiversity prediction, ie. broad spatial scale, extend over wide range of contrast in surrogates, broad coverage of taxa. These are generally survey presence/absence/abundance datasets with representative sampling. A number of other possible data sources are still being followed up. Metadata has been obtained for the most suitable available datasets, and the majority of these datasets have been acquired. Most are already in a format suitable for surrogates & prediction analyses within the Shelf, Slope, Temperate Reefs and Coral Reefs Tasks, although the matching with physical data at a 0.01 degree grid resolution remains to be completed. The status of biological datasets identified initially for scoping for potential acquisition is presented.