Tropical islands quick data gap analysis guided by coral reef geomorphological maps

Andréfouët, Serge, and Hamel, Mélanie A. (2014) Tropical islands quick data gap analysis guided by coral reef geomorphological maps. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 81 (1). pp. 191-199.

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A gap analysis is the initial step towards the identification of areas where data are needed. However, often, data coverage cannot be assessed against a reference that objectively guides the identification of both gaps and priority areas for data acquisition. Here, we describe a quick, effective and reproducible spatial data gap analysis approach based on the relationship between location of available metadata and coral reef geomorphological richness. In Solomon Islands, we identified gaps defined by high richness and low biological data coverage. We collected metadata only, to avoid dealing with data ownership, availability, and formats, and to be able to identify gaps in less than two months. This fast method does not replace quantitative and comprehensive gap analysis, but provides effective identification of areas of high natural value and limited knowledge. The method is widely applicable and particularly invaluable for large and complex domains such as the Coral Triangle.

Item ID: 37628
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 00:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9613 Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas > 961303 Protected Conservation Areas in Marine Environments @ 100%
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