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Expert Vetted Distribution Models and Biodiversity Hotspot Maps of Terrestrial and Freshwater Taxa of Conservation Concern in Northern Australia


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Expert Vetted Distribution Models and Biodiversity Hotspot Maps of Terrestrial and Freshwater Taxa of Conservation Concern in Northern Australia
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Project time period 2017-2019; distribution currency 2018
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    Abstract: This collection is comprised of raster layers of present-day distributions of terrestrial and freshwater taxa that are of conservation concern in Northern Australia. The spatial extent of the region includes the 'North Australian Tropical Savanna' and 'North Eastern Australia Tropical Rainforests' Australian Conservation Management Zones as well as drainage basins intersecting these regions boundaries. Taxon distributions were derived either from species distribution models (also referred to as 'ecological niche models', 'habitat suitability models', 'habitat models' or 'bioclimatic envelope models' created with the program Maxent or from buffered occurrence records cut to suitable areas (for data deficient taxa) and were vetted by experts and modified accordingly. The additional biodiversity hotspot maps (i.e. areas with relatively high concentrations of taxa of conservation concern) included in this collection show the number of taxa within each relevant taxonomic, functional or threatened species status group (e.g. all endangered species or all vulnerable species) present across the study region. The collection also includes a supplementary spreadsheet ('NESP vetting and taxa Information') with further information on each taxon, such as relevant ecological traits, conservation listings and model details (e.g. thresholds used for Maxent raw outputs, model quality as assessed by experts, AUC/ model  fit statistics, cautionary notes on any remaining issues or uncertainties). The collection was created to inform conservation decision-making in Northern Australia and was funded by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program (NESP) as part of the Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub.


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    The full description includes abstract, purpose and a very detailed lineage statement (2956 words) and is attached as a supporting document in PDF format.

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  1. Prioritising threatened species in Northern Australia
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  1. Aggregated by: Miss Anna Pintor , , Zoology and Ecology, Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Studies
  2. Associated with: Dr Erin Graham , , eResearch Centre, Zoology and Ecology
  3. Associated with: Prof Jeremy VanDerWal , , eResearch Centre, Zoology and Ecology, Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
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Dr Anna Pintor,
  1. Prof Jeremy VanDerWal ,
  2. Dr Erin Graham ,
  1. Associate Professor Mark Kennard, Griffith University,
  2. University of Queensland, Australia
  3. University of Western Australia
  4. Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia
  5. Department of Environment and Energy (Australia)
  6. Australian National University
  7. CSIRO
  8. Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Queensland)
  9. Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (Queensland)
  10. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Northern Territory)
  11. Department of Parks and Wildlife (Western Australia)
  12. Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Fields of Research
  1. 050202 - Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  2. 069902 - Global Change Biology (069902)
  3. 050205 - Environmental Management (050205)
  4. 050211 - Wildlife and Habitat Management (050211)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960501 - Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  2. 960605 - Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection (960605)
  3. 960805 - Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  1. distribution models
  2. threatened species
  3. conservation
  4. tropical biodiversity
  5. northern Australia
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Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
CC BY-SA: Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 AU
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Permission required to re-distribute derivative works. Some information in this data is sensitive and should non be re-distributed to the general public. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons – Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Australia. Attribution requires that the TDH data record is cited
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Online Locations
  1. 2016-03-12-Expert Vetted Distribution Models Description Final.pdf (Supporting Material, Public)
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Research Data Services (RDS) allocation at /rdsi/vol08/Q0634 - eResearch Centre, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Pintor, A.; Graham, E.; Kennard, M.; VanDerWal, J. (2018): Expert Vetted Distribution Models and Biodiversity Hotspot Maps of Terrestrial and Freshwater Taxa of Conservation Concern in Northern Australia. James Cook University, Griffith University, and Australian Government National Environmental Science Program (NESP), Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. (dataset).
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