Integrating technologies for efficient biodiversity assessments
One of the focus areas under the Biodiversity Survey node of the WABSI Research Plan is the application of technologies to promote faster and more cost effective biodiversity assessments. A main driver relates to the lack of adequate biodiversity data across large areas of the State to inform land management decisions, and the high cost of traditional approaches to biodiversity survey.
Some technologies applicable to biodiversity assessment include:
- Molecular and genomic techniques
- Remotely sensed technologies
- Automated detection tools
- Mobile apps and electronic identification tools
- Utilisation of ‘Big Data’ applications
Traditional field surveys and sampling strategies are unlikely to be completely replaced by the above technologies, however when used in combination, they are likely to provide a more powerful approach to cost-effectively identifying and monitoring biodiversity patterns.
A unique opportunity
There is an opportunity to not only investigate the utility of these emerging approaches singularly, but, more importantly, to identify the most effective ways of integrating their use to deliver more robust and comprehensive biodiversity assessments.
A further opportunity comes from the need to identify solutions to managing the enormous quantities of data arising from these approaches.
The first step though, is a better understanding of where gaps in biological information occur, and to identify a strategic process for closing those gaps.
Who will benefit?
Major beneficiaries of this program include conservation managers, environmental regulators, and land managers/developers in general.
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