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dc.contributor.authorBuckland, S. T.
dc.contributor.authorYuan, Y.
dc.contributor.authorMarcon, Eric
dc.identifier.citationBuckland , S T , Yuan , Y & Marcon , E 2017 , ' Measuring temporal trends in biodiversity ' , Advances in Statistical Analysis , vol. 101 , no. 4 , pp. 461-474 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 243243230
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 9c9b8831-0da5-4496-b47a-8ffa0fedc563
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85027314068
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000412949200006
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-9939-709X/work/73701093
dc.descriptionYuan was part-funded by EPSRC/NERC Grant EP/1000917/1 and Marcon by ANR-10-LABX-25-01.en
dc.description.abstractIn 2002, nearly 200 nations signed up to the 2010 target of the Convention for Biological Diversity, ‘to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010’. In order to assess whether the target was met, it became necessary to quantify temporal trends in measures of diversity. This resulted in a marked shift in focus for biodiversity measurement. We explore the developments in measuring biodiversity that were prompted by the 2010 target. We consider measures based on species proportions, and also explain why a geometric mean of relative abundance estimates was preferred to such measures for assessing progress towards the target. We look at the use of diversity profiles, and consider how species similarity can be incorporated into diversity measures. We also discuss measures of turnover that can be used to quantify shifts in community composition arising for example from climate change.
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dc.rights© The Author(s) 2017. Open Access. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectBiodiversity measuresen
dc.subjectDiversity profilesen
dc.subjectGeometric meanen
dc.subjectSpecies similarityen
dc.subjectTurnover measuresen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectSDG 13 - Climate Actionen
dc.titleMeasuring temporal trends in biodiversityen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Mathematics and Statisticsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Marine Alliance for Science & Technology Scotlanden
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Scottish Oceans Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. St Andrews Sustainability Instituteen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Research into Ecological & Environmental Modellingen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Statisticsen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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