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Thursday, 30 January 2014

World Wetlands Day 2014, February 2nd

In recognition of the important interrelationship between Farming and Wetlands, the theme for World Wetlands Day 2014 is Wetlands and agriculture: partners.

World Wetlands Day - February 2




 

Global Inundation Map (GLIN)

Global Inundation Map (GLIN)

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The Global Inundation Map, termed GLIN, is a global raster map showing estimates for average annual minimum, average annual maximum, and long-term maximum inundation extents at 15 arc-second spatial resolution. In a partner product (GLIN-monthly) monthly average inundation extents are represented

Vulnerability of European Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera to Climate Change

Vulnerability of European Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera to Climate Change

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A dataset of bio-ecological traits of 1,942 Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera (EPT) taxa was used to analyze the potential vulnerability of EPT species to climate change at the scale of European ecoregions.



Global Waterfall Database (HydroFALLS)

Global Waterfall Database (HydroFALLS)

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The Global Waterfall Database, termed HydroFALLS, is a point shapefile and related attribute table showing the location of 4362 waterfalls including their names and estimated mean river flow. The database has been compiled and validated using a variety of source information and constitutes the first consistent global GIS layer of waterfall features. The point locations have been co-registered to the global HydroSHEDS river network.



Global Freshwater Fish Species Richness

Global Freshwater Fish Species Richness

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The 1,054 drainage basins in this map cover more than 80% of the world’s continental surface area. The evaluation of native, non-native, and endemic freshwater fish species is based on an extensive literature survey.

Global Diversity Patterns in Freshwater Systems

Global Diversity Patterns in Freshwater Systems

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Global patterns of freshwater species diversity are described using two diversity descriptors (species richness and degree of endemicity) for freshwater amphibians, birds, crayfish, fishes, mammals and reptiles per HydroBASIN basin.

Global Diversity Patterns in Freshwater Systems

Global Diversity Patterns in Freshwater Systems

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Global patterns of freshwater species diversity are described using two diversity descriptors (species richness and degree of endemicity) for freshwater amphibians, birds, crayfish, fishes, mammals and reptiles per HydroBASIN basin.


European Freshwater Alien Species

European Freshwater Alien Species

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Introductions of invasive alien species (IAS) are considered one of the main pressures to freshwater ecosystems. In this context, the maps presented here aim to assist scientists and policy makers in their efforts to prevent and control alien invasions.


Freshwater Fish Extinction Rates due to Water Availability Loss from Climate Change

Future Distribution Stream Macroinvertebrates

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Based on a global geospatial framework of river drainage basins and on future climate data from 18 Global Circulation Models (GCMs) from the ‘pessimistic’ IPCC scenario (A2), we quantify future active drainage basin area losses and combine them with an extinction rate–area curve to project future surface-dependent extinction rates. We then estimate the future projected change in extinction rate worldwide and project the number of extinct species in 1010 river basins.

Vulnerability of European Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera to Climate Change

Vulnerability of European Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera to Climate Change

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A dataset of bio-ecological traits of 1,942 Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, and Trichoptera (EPT) taxa was used to analyze the potential vulnerability of EPT species to climate change at the scale of European ecoregions.

Freshwater Species Data: Increasing Knowledge on Biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Freshwater Species Data: Increasing Knowledge on Biodiversity in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Patterns of richness and threat for four freshwater groups represent significant new knowledge on the distribution and status of Africa’s biodiversity.


Freshwater Biodiversity and Protected Areas in Africa: a Gap Analysis

Rural Poverty

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This map shows that the existing protected areas in mainland Africa do not adequately cover sub-catchments identified as potential freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas. Only 21.30% of the total area of these priority sub-catchments fall within the protected area network.


Multiple Human Pressures and Their Spatial Patterns in European Running Waters

Multiple Human Pressures Index

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This study represents the first high-resolution data analysis of human pressures at the European scale, where important pressure criteria for 9,330 sampling sites in 14 European countries were analysed.

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