News 22 January 2017 Conor McKeever

Vast biodiversity database now available to all

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Scientists have a new 'big data' tool to study how human activity affects the planet's biodiversity, with a publication of a gigantic database that compiles studies from across the globe.

The PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity in Changing Terrestrial Systems) database, the largest of its kind, is now available on the Museum's Data Portal for anyone to access.

More than 3.2 million records, sampled from over 26,000 locations and representing more than 47,000 species, are being released.

The project is a mass collaborative effort. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are sharing research data through the database.

'We know that landscapes are going to change a lot in the future as the human population grows, but we haven't really known how biodiversity will change in response,' says project lead and Museum scientist Prof Andy Purvis.

'The PREDICTS database allows us to build global models from the individual local studies that help answer this question.'

 

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TheThe PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) database, the largest of its kind, is now available on the Museum's Data Portal for anyone to access.

More than 3.2 million records, sampled from over 26,000 locations and representing more than 47,000 species, are being released.

The project is a mass collaborative effort. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are sharing research data through the database.

'We know that landscapes are going to change a lot in the future as the human population grows, but we haven't really known how biodiversity will change in response,' says project lead and Museum scientist Prof Andy Purvis.

'The PREDICTS database allows us to build global models from the individual local studies that help answer this question.'

- See more at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/science-news/2016/december/vast-biodiversity-database-now-available-to-all.html?utm_content=buffer25574&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.tj3uWipk.dpuf

The PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) database, the largest of its kind, is now available on the Museum's Data Portal for anyone to access.

More than 3.2 million records, sampled from over 26,000 locations and representing more than 47,000 species, are being released.

The project is a mass collaborative effort. Hundreds of scientists from around the world are sharing research data through the database.

'We know that landscapes are going to change a lot in the future as the human population grows, but we haven't really known how biodiversity will change in response,' says project lead and Museum scientist Prof Andy Purvis.

'The PREDICTS database allows us to build global models from the individual local studies that help answer this question.'

- See more at: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/science-news/2016/december/vast-biodiversity-database-now-available-to-all.html?utm_content=buffer25574&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.tj3uWipk.dpuf
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