"Automatically mapping landscape scale patterns of biodiversity with the Local Ecological Footprinting Tool (LEFT)" by Dr Peter Long

Past Event

26 April 2013, 5:15pm - 6:45pm

Herbertson Room, OUCE
Herbertson Room, OUCE, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY

This seminar series is organised by the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, an Oxford Martin School Centre

Speaker: Dr Peter Long, James Martin Fellow, Biodiversity Institute, Oxford Martin School

Summary: LEFT is a web-based decision support tool originally developed to aid extractive industries in evaluating the pattern of relative ecological value across a landscape to inform their planning of facility placement such that environmental impact is minimised. A user defines an area of interest anywhere globally and the tool automatically processes a series of high-quality datasets using standardised algorithms to produce maps at 300m resolution of landcover class, numbers of globally threatened terrestrial vertebrate species, beta-diversity of terrestrial vertebrates and flowering plants, habitat fragmentation, wetland habitat connectivity, numbers of migratory species and vegetation resilience. These results are aggregated to produce a single map of relative ecological value. The tool then generates a customised pdf report and a zip file of GIS data for the area requested. Results are delivered to users by email within a few minutes of job submission.

This seminar will be followed by drinks.

All welcome, please register here: http://bookwhen.com/octf