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The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project

Hudson, LN and Newbold, T and Contu, S and Hill, SLL and Lysenko, I and De Palma, A and Phillips, HRP and Alhusseini, TI and Bedford, FE and Bennett, DJ and Booth, H and Burton, VJ and Chng, CWT and Choimes, A and Correia, DLP and Day, J and Echeverría-Londoño, S and Emerson, SR and Gao, D and Garon, M and Harrison, MLK and Ingram, DJ and Jung, M and Kemp, V and Kirkpatrick, L and Martin, CD and Pan, Y and Pask-Hale, GD and Pynegar, EL and Robinson, AN and Sanchez-Ortiz, K and Senior, RA and Simmons, BI and White, HJ and Zhang, H and Aben, J and Abrahamczyk, S and Adum, GB and Aguilar-Barquero, V and Aizen, MA and Albertos, B and Alcala, EL and del Mar Alguacil, M and Alignier, A and Ancrenaz, M and Andersen, AN and Arbeláez-Cortés, E and Armbrecht, I and Arroyo-Rodríguez, V and Aumann, T and Axmacher, JC and Azhar, B and Azpiroz, AB and Baeten, L and Bakayoko, A and Báldi, A and Banks, JE and Baral, SK and Barlow, J and Barratt, BIP and Barrico, L and Bartolommei, P and Barton, DM and Basset, Y and Batáry, P and Bates, AJ and Baur, B and Bayne, EM and Beja, P and Benedick, S and Berg, Å and Bernard, H and Berry, NJ and Bhatt, D and Bicknell, JE and Bihn, JH and Blake, RJ and Bobo, KS and Bóçon, R (2016) The database of the PREDICTS (Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems) project. Ecology and Evolution, 7 (1). pp. 145-188. ISSN 2045-7758

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Abstract

The PREDICTS project-Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (www.predicts.org.uk)-has collated from published studies a large, reasonably representative database of comparable samples of biodiversity from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts relating to land use. We have used this evidence base to develop global and regional statistical models of how local biodiversity responds to these measures. We describe and make freely available this 2016 release of the database, containing more than 3.2 million records sampled at over 26,000 locations and representing over 47,000 species. We outline how the database can help in answering a range of questions in ecology and conservation biology. To our knowledge, this is the largest and most geographically and taxonomically representative database of spatial comparisons of biodiversity that has been collated to date; it will be useful to researchers and international efforts wishing to model and understand the global status of biodiversity.

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