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The potential for integration of environmental data from regional stratifications into a European monitoring framework

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The development of a co-ordinated system for monitoring European biodiversity that can provide policy makers with information to underpin the management of ecological resources requires an appropriate environmental stratification to facilitate sampling and data analysis. This paper quantifies the similarities between the European Environmental Stratification (EnS) and four regional stratifications to test whether the EnS is able to distinguish locally important environmental gradients. The results show that in general the EnS is comparable with regional stratifications, and resolves border effects where divergent environmental conditions are combined into dominant strata. However, some regional gradients are not discerned, illustrating the value of national stratifications to provide local detail within continental monitoring strata.
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Keywords: Kappa statistic; biodiversity observation network; environmental stratification; map comparison; monitoring

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Escuela de Ingenieria Forestal y Medio Natural,Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, 28040 Madrid, Spain 2: Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS),School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh, Drummond StreetEdinburghEH8 9XP, United Kingdom 3: Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre, PO Box 47, 6700 AA Wageningen, The Netherlands 4: Institute of Conservation Biology,Vegetation Ecology and Landscape Ecology, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14Vienna1090, Austria 5: Department of Forest Resource Management, Skogsmarksgrand, SE-901 83 Umea,Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Upsala, Sweden

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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