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The presented model aims at simulating potential faunistic diversity at any given 1x1km grid cell in Switzerland. Based on species-specific habitat requirements supplied by experts the model checks each grid cell to determine to what extent the required habitats are present. This procedure enables us to estimate the potential geographical distribution of more than 3000 faunistic species. In contrast to approaches that relate presence/absence data to biophysical properties, we do not use survey data in a statistical or predictive model. Survey data are used to check the performance of the expert model. The model is a welcome supplement to the generally time-consuming approach of field sampling. Information concerning spatial distribution of biodiversity relevant areas (biodiversity hot-spots, red list species) can be quickly and easily extracted. ... [Information of the supplier]
This site, which is under development, provides electronic access to field notebooks archived in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology collections. The goals of this project are to capture metadata on notebook volumes and sections, and to scan and reference pages for online browsing and querying. Current grant support provides funding to focus on digitization of a subset of historical materials pertaining to major early (1900-1950) faunal expeditions in California. Some of this material is unknown to the scientific community, and its usefulness will grow as it is made available. The majority of our field notes are associated with specimens deposited in the MVZ collections. Ultimately, our goal is to digitally link information from field notes, specimens, photographs, maps, and other materials (e.g., sound recordings) to maximize access for scientific researchers, conservation and management agencies, non-governmental organizations, historians, and other users. ... [Information of the supplier]
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