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 Biodiversity Societal Benefit Area
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Welcome to the website for Group on Earth Observation's Task US-09-01a.  NASA served as the lead for this task, which ran from 2008-2014.  This website serves to hold documentation of the work completed.  For information about the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), visit the GEO website:
Biodiversity: Understanding, monitoring and conserving biodiversity
Michele Walters
Affiliation: GEO Biodiversity Observation Network
Country: South Africa
Region: Africa
mwalters (at)

Issues in this area include the condition and extent of ecosystems, distribution and status of species, and genetic diversity in key populations. Implementing GEOSS will unify many disparate biodiversity observing systems and create a platform to integrate biodiversity data with other types of information. Taxonomic and spatial gaps will be filled, and the pace of information collection and dissemination will be increased.
Advisory Group Members       Current Status: Complete
Vishwas Chavan
Affiliation: Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Country: Denmark
Region: Europe
Daniel Faith
Affiliation: Australian Museum
Country: Australia
Region: Oceania/Australia
Simon Ferrier
Affiliation: CSIRO
Country: Australia
Region: Oceania/Australia
Gary Geller
Affiliation: NASA
Country: USA
Region: North America
Mike Gill
Affiliation: Environment Canada and CBMP
Country: Canada
Region: North America
Ian Harrison
Affiliation: Conservation International
Country: USA
Region: North America
Bill Magnusson
Affiliation: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia
Country: Brazil
Region: International
Xavier Le Roux
Affiliation: Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité
Country: France
Region: Europe
Harini Nagendra
Affiliation: Ashoka trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Country: India
Region: Asia
Bradley Reed
Affiliation: GEO and USGS
Country: Switzerland
Region: Europe
Robert Scholes
Affiliation: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Country: South Africa
Region: Africa
Eva Spehn
Affiliation: GMBA - DIVERSITAS, University of Basel
Country: Switzerland
Region: Europe
Sheila Vergara
Affiliation: Asean Centre for Biodiversity
Country: Philippines
Region: Southeast Asia
Martin Wegmann
Affiliation: CEOS, DLR-DFD
Country: Germany
Region: Europe

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Download a Copy of the Final Biodiversity Report (2012)

Download a Copy of the Biodiversity Observation Study (2010)

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