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Pilbara subterranean fauna diversity projections
This collection comprises two components. These are spatial projections of the estimated patterns in species richness for two subterranean faunal groups, across the Pilbara region of Australia: (1) stygofauna; (2) troglofauna. These spatial layers were created as part of a collaborative research project between CSIRO and BHP to improve our understa... morending of diversity patterns of subterranean fauna in he Pilbara region.
Conservation and Biodiversity
01 Jul 2015
31 Dec 2017
The derivation of these two spatial layers is described in detail in:
Mokany, K., Harwood, Halse, S.A., Ferrier, S. (2019) Riddles in the dark: Assessing diversity patterns for cryptic subterranean fauna of the Pilbara. Diversity and Distributions 25: 240-254 [doi.org/10.1111/ddi.12852].
In summary, community survey data for both troglofauna and stygofauna in the Pilbara region were collated, then community diversity modelled as a function of a number of spatial environmental predictors. These models of diversity were then projected spatially across the entire Pilbara bioregion.
The spatial layers provided here are the predicted total number of species within each grid cell (1 second resolution) for both troglofauna and stygofauna. These spatial layers are in Transverse Mercator projection, based on Map Grid of Australia 1994, Zone 50 (EPSG:28350).
Source data used to derive the spatial layers provided here are described in detail and attributed in: Mokany, K., Harwood, Halse, S.A., Ferrier, S. (2019) Riddles in the dark: Assessing diversity patterns for cryptic subterranean fauna of the Pilbara. Diversity and Distributions 25: 240-254.
CSIRO Data Licence
CSIRO (Australia), BHP Billiton Iron Ore (Australia)
Mokany, Karel; Harwood, Tom; Ferrier, Simon (2019): Pilbara subterranean fauna diversity projections. v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
All Rights (including copyright) CSIRO 2019.
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Senior Research Scientist
Pilbara Community Level Modelling
The collaborative research project between CSIRO and BHP aimed to dramatically improve our understanding of, and ability to predict, current spatial patterns in subterranean fauna diversity in the Pilbara region, as a basis for better informed conservation, management and development decisions.