Bioversity International has published a “Training Manual on Spatial Analysis of Plant Diversity and Distribution”. The manual has been developed because of an increasing number of requests of national partners for capacity building on the spatial analysis of biodiversity. It is intended for scientists and students who work with biodiversity data and are interested in developing or improving their skills to carry out spatial analysis. It has been designed to serve as a self-teaching manual, but may also be used for training courses and contains nearly 500 Mb of data that accompany specially designed exercises, based on real studies.
The analyses described in the manual help answer common questions related to plant diversity and distribution (e.g. prioritization of areas for conservation, modeling of potential impacts of climate change on plant distribution, gap analysis for priority collection of plant diversity). Exercises are developed for species presence, and morphological or molecular characterization data. They are explained by sets of step-by-step instructions, using the free and publically available software DIVA-GIS and Maxent. Although the focus is on plants of interest for improving livelihoods, many of the analyses described can also be applied to animals and other organisms.
For the moment only an English version is available, a Spanish version is in preparation.
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