German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv)

Planned Data Collections

Exemplary time series data from Germany are to be compiled. Up to now sMon has focusedon the species groups of vascular plants, dragonflies and amphibians (in cooperation with the Department of Conservation Biology of the UfZ, Prof. Klaus Henle).

The efforts made so far have led to extensive data sets, some of which have already found their way into scientific publications:

  •     Data collection of 500,000 dragonfly observations from ~ 70 taxa throughout Germany between 1980 and 2015
  •     Data collection of approx. 28 mio plant observations from ~2500 taxa all over Germany between 1960 and 2017
  •     start of data collection on amphibian fences and occurrence reports
        (in cooperation with Dept. Conservation Biology UfZ, NABU, DGHT)
  •     Analysis of changes in plant diversity in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (Jansen et al. 2019, Conservation letters, OpenAccess)

In the coming phase, further species groups such as wild bees and ground beetles will be the focus of our working group. Here, too, sMon works closely with representatives of all stakeholder groups in Germany.

sMon is generally interested in different data sources in order to test whether they alone or in combination allow an analysis of biodiversity trends.

To this end, we are seeking contributions, in particular from the following data types:

  •     Data (raster field occurrences) from Germany-wide and regional distribution atlases, provided that they contain temporal information; preferably the original data behind them should be used,
  •     Point data for species observations (with and without abundance estimates)
  •     Data on population monitoring of species on defined study areas (e.g. catch figures of amphibian fences),
  •     Repeat recordings of old vegetation surveys or mapping surveys with exact or approximate relocation,
  •     Data (years) from Red Lists on the territorial extinction of species, on the first occurrence of neophytes or neozoa,
  •     Permanent surface examinations over several years, as they are carried out e.g. in the context of management experiments.

If you have such datasets, you are welcome to contact us to explore the possibilities of participating in sMon.

A central guideline in sMon is that all data contributed within the framework of the project remain the property of the data suppliers and are only used for the specifically agreed purposes. Any further use of the data beyond the project period will only take place with the written consent of the data owner.

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