Introduction to Biodiversity Dynamics
This use case covers “Biodiversity Dynamics” which is one of two Use Cases under the Species Response to Environmental Change umbrella and with “Ecosystem Services” will populate and demonstrate this part of the Biodiversity Digital Twin.
Biodiversity Dynamics aims to cover three main areas of focus, which concentrate on the interactions and interrelations between species and ecosystems. The first through its focus on Grassland Biodiversity Dynamics investigates the impact of different management regimes & interventions, soil conditions as well as climate change scenarios. This model is named GRASSMIND and, via the graphical user interface that is under development, will be usable by end-users to request specific scenarios be simulated and analysed.
The second area of focus is Forest/Birds Biodiversity Dynamics which aims to investigate the impact of different forest management activities and climate change scenarios which affect the interplay between Forest Habitats and Bird Species. The overarching aim is to develop a proof of concept study for a Finnish Forest Ecosystem and identify the most appropriate approach for biodiversity in different climate change scenarios.
Finally the third part to this case study is real-time bird monitoring with citizen science data. This use case is particularly interesting as it will investigate firstly if and secondly how citizen science might be utilised for real-time monitoring of bird species.