Conservation Biogeography of the Antarctic - Shapefiles
Entry ID: ASAC_3095_Antarctic_Biogeography_shapefiles

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Summary
Abstract: In association with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division) and Steven Chown (Stellenbosch University, Monash University from July 2012) have been leading research into biogeographical classification of terrestrial Antarctica. This research culminated in the manuscript 'Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic', full citation:

Terauds, A., Chown, S.L., Convey, P., Peat, H., Watts, D., Morgan, F., Keys, H. and Bergstrom, D.M. (2012) Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic. Diversity and Distributions. In press.

The primary finding of this paper was that terrestrial Antarctica could be classified into 15 biologically distinct regions or Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions. A shapefile of the polygons representing these ice free regions is available for download. The layer is based on the most up to date map of ice-free areas of Antarctica (from the Antarctic Digital Database v5 copyright SCAR 1993-2006). Therefore use of this shapefile in analyses is subject to the copyright restrictions of SCAR and interested parties can also contact Aleks.Terauds@aad.gov.au with any questions. Other shapefiles provided here are the expert-defined bioregions (one of the spatial frameworks used in the analyses of Terauds et al. 2012) and the ASPA/ASMA point and polygon shapefiles. A separate PDF is included in the folder containing the ASPA/ASMA shapefiles with terms of use.


Purpose: The purpose of the dataset is to provide the shapefiles used in, and resulting from, the biogeographic analyses undertaken in Terauds A, Chown SL, Morgan F, Peat H, Watts D, Keys H, Convey P and Bergstrom DM (2012) Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic. In particular, the shapefile representing Antarctic Biogeographic Areas should prove useful to managers and other Antarctic researchers in delineating biologically distinct areas of Antarctica.

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Parent DIF
This data set description is a member of a collection. The collection is described in
ASAC_3095


Geographic Coverage
 N: -47.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: RISCC
Dataset Title: Expert-defined bioregions of Antarctica
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Dataset Release Place: Hobart
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Division

Dataset Originator/Creator: Aleks Terauds
Dataset Title: Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Areas
Other Citation Details: Ice-free land copyright SCAR 1993-2006


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2010-01-01
Stop Date: 2012-02-01


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
BIOSPHERE >TERRESTRIAL ECOSYSTEMS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY DYNAMICS >COMMUNITY STRUCTURE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA


Access Constraints
These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.


Use Constraints
This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=ASAC_309... when using these data.


Keywords
RISCC
Bioregions


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DATA OFFICER AADC
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at aad.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia



Distribution
Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 18.4 MB
Distribution_Format: shapefiles
Fees: Free


Personnel
ALEKS TERAUDS
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +61 3 6232 3339
Email: aleks.terauds at aad.gov.au
Email: aleks.terauds at gmail.com
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia


Publications/References
Terauds A, Chown SL, Morgan F, Peat H, Watts D, Keys H, Convey P and Bergstrom DM (2012), Conservation biogeography of the Antarctic., Diversity and Distributions, Submitted to Diversity and Distributions Feb 2012

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-01-29
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-08-29

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