GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Monitoring Networks

CORDIO participated in the publication of a new global standard on biodiversity monitoring networks, through our long term participation in the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), IUCN’s Coral Specialist Group, the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network of GEOBON and the Global Ocean Observing System’s Biodiversity and Ecosystems Panel (GOOS BioEco).

The marine chapter includes a section on coral reefs, underscoring the baseline set by the GCRMN as the global observing network for coral reefs.

The new GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Monitoring Networks, edited by Michele Walters and Bob Scholes, is available online as an Open Access publication.

You can access it at the publishers link here, or see the links below for the overall book, and for the marine chapter:

The GEO Handbook was edited with contributions from over 100 authors, from all over the world, including both scientists and practitioners. It covers approaches from in-situ observations to remote sensing, to modelling biodiversity and reporting. The book was designed to provide practical guidance to broadly-defined biodiversity observation networks at all scales, but predominantly the national scale and higher. The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Monitoring Networks is a practical how-to book with substantial policy relevance, that includes practical suggestions on how to develop biodiversity monitoring programs.


Table of contents:

  1. Working in Networks to Make Biodiversity Data More Available (Scholes et al.)
  2. Global Terrestrial Ecosystem Observations: Why, Where, What and How? (Jongman et al.)
  3. Ecosystem Services (Balvanera et al.)
  4. Monitoring Essential Biodiversity Variables at the Species Level (Pereira et al.)
  5. Monitoring Changes in Genetic Diversity (Bruford et al.)
  6. Methods for the Study of Marine Biodiversity (Costello et al.)
  7. Observations of Inland Water Biodiversity: Progress, Needs and Priorities (Turak et al.)
  8. Remote Sensing for Biodiversity (Geller et al.)
  9. Involving Citizen Scientists in Biodiversity Observation (Chandler et al.)
  10. Biodiversity Modelling as Part of an Observation System (Ferrier et al.)
  11. Global Infrastructures for Biodiversity Data and Services (Hugo et al.)
  12. Using Data for Decision-Making: From Observations to Indicators and Other Policy Tools (Walpole et al.)
  13. Case Studies of Capacity Building for Biodiversity Monitoring (Schmeller et al.)