BioTIME : a database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene

Dornelas, M, Antão, LH, Moyes, F, et, al. and Meyer, CFJ ORCID: 2018, 'BioTIME : a database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene' , Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27 (7) , pp. 760-786.

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The BioTIME database contains raw data on species identities and abundances in ecological assemblages through time. These data enable users to calculate temporal trends in biodiversity within and amongst assemblages using a broad range of metrics. BioTIME is being developed as a community‐led open‐source database of biodiversity time series. Our goal is to accelerate and facilitate quantitative analysis of temporal patterns of biodiversity in the Anthropocene.
Main types of variables included
The database contains 8,777,413 species abundance records, from assemblages consistently sampled for a minimum of 2 years, which need not necessarily be consecutive. In addition, the database contains metadata relating to sampling methodology and contextual information about each record.
Spatial location and grain
BioTIME is a global database of 547,161 unique sampling locations spanning the marine, freshwater and terrestrial realms. Grain size varies across datasets from 0.0000000158 km2 (158 cm2) to 100 km2 (1,000,000,000,000 cm2).
Time period and grain
BioTIME records span from 1874 to 2016. The minimal temporal grain across all datasets in BioTIME is a year.
Major taxa and level of measurement
BioTIME includes data from 44,440 species across the plant and animal kingdoms, ranging from plants, plankton and terrestrial invertebrates to small and large vertebrates.
Software format: .csv and .SQL.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Environment and Life Sciences > Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Global Ecology and Biogeography
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 1466-822X
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Funders: Multiple funders, see article
Depositing User: Dr Christoph Meyer
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2018 09:29
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2022 23:34

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