NextGEOSS’s web -based community portal for European habitat suitability modelling for monitoring biodiversity using in situ vegetation plot data and RS-enabled EBVs

Sander Mücher, Stephan Hennekens, Wouter Meijninger, E. Neinavaz, R. Darvishzadeh, W. Nieuwenhuis, A.K. Skidmore

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EBVs have been proposed as a layer between biodiversity observation and biodiversity indicators, used in policy. More specifically, EBV classes – such as species traits, species populations, ecosystem functions as well as ecosystem structure – are being implemented by ecologists to identify global monitoring priorities.
To support this there is an urgent need for remote sensing enabled EBVs to fill the spatial and temporal gaps between in situ observation data of biodiversity. In other words, without remotely sensed synoptic, systematic and continuous observations, a global framework for monitoring biodiversity cannot exist. Several RS-EBVs are anticipated to be derived from satellite remote sensing, because satellite remote sensing is the only methodology able to provide a global coverage and continuous measures across space at relatively high spatial and temporal resolutions.
Habitats are very significant as an indicator for biodiversity and habitats have a strong links to species of which many are not being monitored at all. The NextGEOSS habitat mapping suitability interactive web facility ( uses more than 1 million European in-situ vegetation plot data in combination with climate, topographic, soil data, next to RS-enabled EBVs to produce European habitat suitability maps for each EUNIS habitat type (at level 3) using the MAXENT habitat distribution model (HDM). In situ plot observation data (derived from the EVA database; are available for 160 EUNIS terrestrial habitats . The model can be executed by end-users by making a aselection of currently 30 predictors, comprising 7 climate parameters, 7 soil parameters, and 13 RS-EBVs (LULC, vegetation height, Inundation, Phenology, LAI).
For the modelling Maxent version 3.4.1 is used. The habitat suitability model is running in the cloud on Terradue servers. Model raster output can be downloaded by the client for further processing.
End-users are invited not only to use the NextGeoss community portal for finetuning European habitat suitability maps but also to give their feedback.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 7 Jul 2020
EventGEOBON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2020 - 100% virtual, Germany
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


ConferenceGEOBON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting 2020
OtherVirtual conference
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