Antarctic biodiversity information networks: lessons learnt and upcoming challenges
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This presentation was given during the Belgian IPY symposium, in May 2010....
This presentation was given during the Belgian IPY symposium, in May 2010.
The Southern Ocean ecosystems have an exceptional ecological, biogeographic and political value. We argue that to efficiently understand and protect these ecosystems, it is vital to maintain an effective mechanism for the exchange of scientific information on Antarctic biodiversity. These should be widely disseminated, immediately and freely accessible and carefully checked in order to establish sound management of the Antarctic ecosystems. SCAR’s Marine Biodiversity Information Network (www.SCARMarBIN.be), is an example of such a mechanism, which publishes this information through the Internet. SCARMarBIN is home to the first Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS), available online and constantly updated by a panel of 70 taxonomic experts. Using a geographic information system, SCAR-MarBIN also allows users to view and download reference data on marine organisms. This initiative, funded by the Belgian Science Policy (BELSPO), allows for the first time to quantify the diversity and distribution of life in Antarctica in a wide variety of taxonomic, temporal or spatial contexts. SCAR-MarBIN is also a key tool for the detection of impacts due to global change and to highlight areas of the Southern Ocean that require special protection.
As part of the legacy of the International Polar Year (IPY), various initiatives are working closely to document the biodiversity, ecosystem services and evolutionary processes of the Southern Ocean. The creation of a freely accessible archival system should be considered a top priority, especially during the International Year of Biodiversity (2010). It is our responsibility towards future generations.
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