TERN, AeKOS, eRSA, and Griffith University’s Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) have begun work on accessing high quality, verified data for biodiversity modelling usage.

The team have completed the task of integrating selected AeKOS datasets directly into the BCCVL. To compliment this, the BCCVL team have designed a new experiment type that focuses on the unique and special attributes of AeKOS data including a selection of species traits such as species growth form, average height or phenology, and in situ environmental data such as temperature, rainfall, wind, soil type, or measures for disturbance.

The BCCVL Species Trait Modelling experiment allows users to model species distribution as a response to both traits and environmental variables. This allows researchers to ascertain how the occurrence of species in a particular location is determined by the environment as well as the biological and behavioural characteristics (traits) of the species.

This Aekos data enables researchers to connect and easily access verifiable source data to conduct modelling and analysis from the comfort of their own device. To ensure sustainability and long term access to the growing Aekos data the teams have developed an API to allow automated real-time access. This ensures that BCCVL users have the most up to date and accurate versions of the data to use in their analyses.

This collaboration between AeKOS, TERN and Griffith University is the result of 6 months of consultation and liaison work undertaken by the Research Data Services Terrestrial Systems project, and marks a new phase in the continual development of the BCCVL and its focus on making datasets more discoverable and more easily integrated into analysis tools .

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