Hortal, J., Ladle, R.J., Stropp, J. & Tessarolo, G. (2022) Accounting for biogeographical ignorance within biodiversity modelling. Research Outreach, 129, 2502594871. doi:10.32907/RO-129-2502594871. Available at: https://researchoutreach.org/articles/accounting-biogeographical-ignorance-biodiversity-modelling/
Biodiversity data can be analysed to predict species distribution at various scales of time and space. However, survey completeness and temporal decay in data quality introduce uncertainty into biodiversity models. Researchers Joaquín Hortal, Juliana Stropp (National Museum of Natural Sciences, Spain), Richard Ladle (University of Porto, Portugal), and Geiziane Tessarolo (State University of Goiás, Brazil), among others, are constructing the first Maps of Biogeographical Ignorance (MoBIs) that account for uncertainty in biodiversity analysis. Presented alongside species distribution models (SDMs), MoBIs ensure conservation resources are appropriately distributed.