Journal article

Using decision science to evaluate global biodiversity indices

Kate E Watermeyer, Payal Bal, Michael J Burgass, Lucie M Bland, Ben Collen, Chris Hallam, Luke T Kelly, Michael A McCarthy, Tracey J Regan, Simone Stevenson, Brendan A Wintle, Emily Nicholson, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita

CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

Global biodiversity indices are used to measure environmental change and progress toward conservation goals, yet few indices have been evaluated comprehensively for their capacity to detect trends of interest, such as declines in threatened species or ecosystem function. Using a structured approach based on decision science, we qualitatively evaluated 9 indices commonly used to track biodiversity at global and regional scales against 5 criteria relating to objectives, design, behavior, incorporation of uncertainty, and constraints (e.g., costs and data availability). Evaluation was based on reference literature for indices available at the time of assessment. We identified 4 key gaps in indi..

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Grants

Awarded by Veski Inspiring Women Fellowship from the Victorian Government


Awarded by Australia Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship


Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions


Funding Acknowledgements

E.N. acknowledges the support of a Veski Inspiring Women Fellowship (IWF001) from the Victorian Government and the Australia Research Council (ARC, P170100609); B.A.W. was supported by ARC Future Fellowship (FT100100819); and the initial workshop was supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CE110001014). We thank D. Fardila for participation in initial workshop discussion and assessment and C. Sato and reviewers for helpful feedback on the manuscript.