Biodiverse is a system to compute indices of biodiversity. In the BCCVL it calculates gridded estimates of species richness and endemism based on previously run Species Distribution Models or Multi-Species Distribution Models.

Note: You will need to run a (Multi-)Species Distribution Model before you can run a Biodiverse Experiment.

How to run a Biodiverse experiment in the BCCVL

  • At the top of the page click on the Experiments tab. 
  • Under the secondary experiments heading click on Biodiverse Experiment.

Step 1: Description tab

  • Enter the name for your experiment in the first box (e.g. Biodiversity southeast Queensland) 
  • (optional) You can also add a description of your experiment in the box below if you want to convey more information. Some researchers use this box to record their research question or hypotheses for later referral
  • Click Next.

Step 2. Source SDM Experiment tab

  • Click Select SDM Experiment
  • Select your chosen species distribution model/s or the climate change model/s
    • If you selected a Species Distribution Model then check the box next to the algorithm/s with which you would like to use
    • If you selected a Climate Change Model select which year/s and emission scenario/s with which you would like to use
  • Select your Threshold value. You can leave this on the default or you can select from the dropdown box. NOTE: threshold values refer to the probability cutoff at which the probability turns into either an occurrence or an absence. These values should be between 0 and 1. If you find your threshold values are not within this range you can enter your own custom value by clicking on the dropdown box twice. 
  • Click Next.

Step 3. Configuration tab

  • Click the dropdown arrows to select the required biodiverse cell size (m). The size of your cell governs the 'group' size. Biodiverse uses this size to collate/bin the values. NOTE: Generally speaking, you want this cell size to match your SDM resolution. We currently offer a choice between four cell sizes and are working on being able to offer smaller cell sizes. What we currently offer is based on computational limits.
  • Click Next.

Step 4. Run tab

  • Ensure you are happy with your experiment design
  • Click Start Experiment.