The EG-ABI community organizes regular, hands-on meetings related to a range of projects and other matters of general interest.
Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking Data
The overarching goals of the RAATD project are to undertake a multi-species assessment of habitat use of Antarctic top predators in the Southern Ocean based on existing animal tracking data to identify Areas of Ecological Significance (AES), which are regions that are important for foraging to a range of predators and which have high diversity and abundance of lower trophic levels. The project will provide (i) a greater understanding of fundamental ecosystem processes in the Southern Ocean (ii) facilitate future projections of predator distributions under varying climate regimes and (iii) provide input into spatial management planning decisions for management authorities such as CCAMLR. The synopsis of multi-predator tracking data will also expose potential gaps of data coverage in regions or seasons that are important but under-represented, possibly as a result of spatial, temporal, or taxonomic biases in research effort. This will provide an important input for directing future studies.
report from the 2016 Brussels workshop
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report from the 2016 workshop in Delmenhorst, Germany
Southern Ocean Diet and Energetics Database
Project home page: https://data.aad.gov.au/trophic/.
Information related to diet and energy flow is fundamental to a diverse range of Antarctic and Southern Ocean biological and ecosystem studies. EG-ABI is collating a centralised database of such information to assist the scientific community in this work. It will include data related to diet and energy flow from conventional (e.g. gut content) and modern (e.g. molecular) studies, stable isotopes, fatty acids, and energetic content. It will be a product of the SCAR community and open for all to participate in and use.
Antarctic or Southern Ocean researchers holding such data, or interested in using such data in their work, are encouraged to make contact.
We are holding an open information session as well as a workshop at the 2017 SCAR Biology symposium to show the current state of the database, invite further data contributions, and solicit ideas on how these data could be used and what additional system functionality might be valuable. Come along and see how you can be involved!
Core working group:
- Antonio Aguera (Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)
- Maelle Connan (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)
- Hauke Flores (Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany)
- Luis Hückstädt (University of California Santa Cruz, USA)
- Mary-Anne Lea (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia)
- Julie McInnes (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia)
- Ben Raymond (Australian Antarctic Division, Australia)
- Fokje Schaafsma (Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem Studies, Netherlands)
- Gabriele Stowasser (British Antarctic Survey, United Kingdom)
- Rowan Trebilco (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia)
- Anton van de Putte (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Belgium)
- Andrea Walters (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, Australia)
A number of groups in the SCAR community are developing and applying methods for spatial biodiversity modelling, including species distribution and habitat selectivity models. Given the wide applicability and interest in these techniques, EG-ABI is working to improve collaboration within the community by helping with communication, access to software and data, and sharing of expertise.
Details about these activities will be added soon.
Dynamic version of the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean
An online version of the printed Atlas: see Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean for more information.
The Microbial Antarctic Resource System
mARS is an open information system dedicated to facilitate the discovery, access and analysis of geo-referenced, molecular microbial diversity (meta)data generated by Antarctic researchers. It encompasses all free-living and host-associated viruses, bacteria, archaea, and singled-celled eukaryotes. mARS is composed of interoperable modules, iteratively building the microbial component of the biodiversity.aq infrastructure. The mARS initiative brings innovative perspectives to Antarctic microbial biodiversity research and its applications. Once mARS reaches full operability it is envisioned that new research areas in both basic and applied areas will be significantly enabled. For example, biogeography, bioprospecting, environmental impact, species introductions, and climate change-related studies will be made possible using a data-driven approach accessible through mARS. Also, mARS will allow the consolidation of a new community within SCAR and new perspectives for collaboration within and beyond SCAR. There is also significant potential for expanding the model for genetic work carried out on all organisms, allowing integrated studies on Antarctic biodiversity. The last mARS workshop took place in Brussels, in May 2014, to initiate beta-testing mARS to take it to Step 3, as described in the vision document.
See the Microbial Antarctic Resource System page for more information.
Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean
The Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean was published in printed form in 2014. See http://atlas.biodiversity.aq/.
Biodiversity informatics is the application of informatics techniques to biodiversity information for improved management, presentation, discovery, exploration and analysis outcomes. It is generally focused on computationally-intensive aspects of biodiversity science and information processing, including architectures and systems, analysis and modelling methods, and human-computer interfaces. There is clearly a close relationship between informatics, data management, and biodiversity science, and so the EG-ABI group collaborates closely with a range of other groups and initiatives, including:
EG-ABI was created during the SCAR Life Sciences Standing Scientific Group meeting at the SCAR Open Science Conference in Portland Oregon, in July 2012. Its purpose is to foster the application and development of biodiversity informatics in the SCAR community, and it does this by coordinating and participating in a range of projects across the SCAR biodiversity science portfolio.
Terms of Reference
EG-ABI aims to optimize ongoing developments in biodiversity informatics for the SCAR community. It does this by:
- coordinating biodiversity informatics activities across SCAR for research, management, conservation and monitoring purposes;
- promoting free and open access to primary Antarctic biodiversity data, source code, and relevant resources;
- promoting community-driven biodiversity data projects;
- providing advice to SCAR groups which require access to biodiversity data and advise on strategies to embrace future data streams;
- advising SCAR groups on best practices in biodiversity data management, standardization, interoperability and biodiversity information networks designs;
- advising on the involvement of SCAR with bodies such as the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) or the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (IODE-OBIS) on matters relevant to Antarctica and the Southern Ocean;
- contributing to the establishment of a dynamic, data-driven benchmark of the state of Antarctic ecosystems.