BACI: 2015-2019

TOWARDS A BIOSPHERE ATMOSPHERE CHANGE INDEX

WP8 Implications for biodiversity research and monitoring

Lead: AU
Main Contact: Signe Normand

AU will lead WP8, which will focus on applications of BACI derived products to biodiversity research and monitoring. We will focus particularly on birds and plants, which are data-rich groups with a long history of monitoring. Further, they are expected to show distinct dynamics in the face of ecosystem change, with birds responding relatively quickly and plants slowly.

OBJECTIVES

We will address questions such as:

  • Where are the hotspots of change in biodiversity of birds and plants, and are these hotspots predictable given patterns of ecosystem change detected by BACI products?
  • Can models of the distribution of individual species be improved by including derived remote sensing products?
  • To what extent is biological vulnerability (for example, centers of endemism and concentrations of threatened species) congruent with patterns of recent ecosystem change as detected by BACI?