In this section we provide a summary of the resources used in the Helping Biodiversity Adapt Guide.
To find out more about technical information and the references, click on the topics below.
For more information about data available on CSIRO’s Data Access Portal, click the menu on the right hand side.
Definitions of key measures
For quick reference, the key measures introduced in this Module are briefly defined below. Expanded definitions of these and other terms are provided in the Glossary in the Helping Biodiversity Adapt Guide.
Projected distribution of vegetation types:
Patterns of potential change in the distribution of Australian plant communities, represented mainly by vegetation structure or dominant species, are given as projected probabilities for each vegetation type. As vegetation changes, so do the ecosystems on which populations of plants and animals depend for their existence.
Revegetation benefit is a relative indicator of how many more contemporary local species are likely to be sustained across a landscape into the future by revegetating cleared areas. It highlights where revegetation using contemporary practice is potentially most beneficial in a changing climate.
Need for assisted dispersal:
The need for assisted dispersal estimates how far an organism might need to move from its current location to find an environment in the future that is ecologically similar to the environment it currently occupies. Greater need for assisted dispersal indicates greater potential need to actively move or translocate species.
Refugial potential indicates how important a location may be as a habitat for species to retreat to, persist in, and potentially later expand from under climate change.
What is a technical note?
For those interested in learning more about the methods, further explanation and background information is provided in a series of Technical Notes. These are included as an appendix to the Helping Biodiversity Adapt Guide.
- Technical Note 1 – Biodiversity projection datasets and maps
- Technical Note 2 – GDM-based projected distribution of vegetation type
- Technical Note 3 – An index of revegetation benefit for contemporary biodiversity
- Technical Note 4 – Calculating the index of refugial potential
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