Quantifying Antarctic
            marine biodiversity
           using SCAR-MarBIN


 Bruno Danis, Hendrik Segers, Claude ...
Antarctic biodiversity
• Highly adapted to extreme environment
• High level of endemism
• Mostly marine
• Estimations: pos...
SCAR-MarBIN
 Marine Biodiversity Information Network


• Funding: Belgian science Policy office
• International Polar Year ...
Philosophy
• Build a network
• Offer free and open access to data and technology
• Expose all the (biodiversity) data and ...
Tangible results
                               www.scarmarbin.be


                                                • The ...
Tangible results
  www.scarmarbin.be




                 1.000.000+ records
                     130 datasets
           ...
Synthesizing knowledge
• RAMS: information on 16,000 taxa
• ANTOBIS: 1,000,000+ records
• Polar Macroscope Synthesis team
...
Identifying gaps




Griffiths HJ, British Antarctic Survey
Identifying gaps

                                              Over 50% of samples taken in
                             ...
Identifying gaps

                                     2,8 isopod species are
                                   descibed ...
Promoting new initiatives
• Digitization grants systems: 12 initiatives funded
• Antarctic Field Guides
• Georeferenced ge...
Building bridges
• Across disciplines
 • molecular & biogeography
 • environmental parameters
• Across nations
 • contribu...
Perspectives
• Consolidation of the SCAR community
• Testing S.O. biogeography/ecological concepts/theories
• Data-driven,...
Thanks for your attention


               Strugnell J. British Antarctic Survey
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Diversitas Danis

  1. 1. Quantifying Antarctic marine biodiversity using SCAR-MarBIN Bruno Danis, Hendrik Segers, Claude De Broyer, Huw Griffiths Belgian Biodiversity Platform, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, British Antarctic Survey
  2. 2. Antarctic biodiversity • Highly adapted to extreme environment • High level of endemism • Mostly marine • Estimations: possibly 20.000 species • Under-studied (especially the deep-sea) • Probably very sensitive to CC
  3. 3. SCAR-MarBIN Marine Biodiversity Information Network • Funding: Belgian science Policy office • International Polar Year 2007/08 • Census of Antarctic Marine Life • Ocean Biogeographic Information System • Global Biodiversity Information Network
  4. 4. Philosophy • Build a network • Offer free and open access to data and technology • Expose all the (biodiversity) data and metadata • Remain community-driven • Adopt strong standardization • Work for science, conservation, management Riddle, M. Australian Antarctic Division
  5. 5. Tangible results www.scarmarbin.be • The first RAMS • Board of 60 editors all taxa all species • Feeds WoRMS, CoL and EoL valid species • 16,176 taxa 0 3.750 7.500 11.250 15.000 • 9,234 species
  6. 6. Tangible results www.scarmarbin.be 1.000.000+ records 130 datasets 5,200+ taxa Downloadable WebGIS Webservices
  7. 7. Synthesizing knowledge • RAMS: information on 16,000 taxa • ANTOBIS: 1,000,000+ records • Polar Macroscope Synthesis team • Injection into conservation processes • New insights in biogeography • New insights in ecological processes
  8. 8. Identifying gaps Griffiths HJ, British Antarctic Survey
  9. 9. Identifying gaps Over 50% of samples taken in waters shallower than 400m Similar trend for recorded benthic species Most of the Southern Ocean is abyssal Griffiths HJ, Clarke A, Danis B, submitted
  10. 10. Identifying gaps 2,8 isopod species are descibed every year De Broyer C & Danis B, submitted 600+ were discovered during ANDEEP We will need 214 years to describe them!
  11. 11. Promoting new initiatives • Digitization grants systems: 12 initiatives funded • Antarctic Field Guides • Georeferenced genetic data • Barcoding: CAML offering free barcoding • ArcOD: Arctic Ocean Diversity Rose A. DZMB
  12. 12. Building bridges • Across disciplines • molecular & biogeography • environmental parameters • Across nations • contributors: 13 countries • users: 100+ countries
  13. 13. Perspectives • Consolidation of the SCAR community • Testing S.O. biogeography/ecological concepts/theories • Data-driven, adaptative conservation and management • ANTA’BIF: Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility • Huw Griffiths on biodiversity patterns in session S22 tomorrow morning Rose A. DZMB
  14. 14. Thanks for your attention Strugnell J. British Antarctic Survey

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