21 May '12, 11am

Map of Life Website Will Catalog and Track Every Plant and Animal Species

Map of Life Website Will Catalog and Track Every Plant and Animal Species

Yale and University of Colorado scientists are building the ultimate digital map of biodiversity called the Map of Life . The website will eventually show the current location of every known plant and animal species while also tracking any change to those populations and habitats due to climate change or other events. A demo version of the website just launched with information on 25,000 species, but tens of thousands more will be added. The map pulls data from a few different sources: museum specimen and field observations, ranges drawn by species experts, local inventories and regional species checklists. These data sets are mapped together to show a layered perspective of the range of a species. The map above shows the location the results of a search for "brown bear," zoomed in on Alaska and Canada. The dots are field sightings, the green is the expert maps, the purple...

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