Spatial Analysis of Plant Diversity and Distribution

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Authors: Scheldeman, Xavier and van Zonneveld, Maarten. 2010. Bioversity International, Rome, Italy. ISBN 978-92-9043-880-9

This training manual is intended for scientists and students who work with biodiversity data and are interested in developing skills to effectively carry out spatial analysis based on (free) GIS applications with a focus on diversity and ecological analyses.

These analyses offer a better understanding of spatial patterns of plant diversity and distribution, helping to improve conservation efforts. The training manual focuses on plants of interest for improving livelihoods (e.g. crops, trees and crop wild relatives) and/or those which are endangered.

Spatial analyses of interspecific and intraspecific diversity are explained using different types of data:

Although this training focuses on plant diversity, many of the types of analyses described can also be applied for other organisms such as animals and fungi.

The manual is based on specific exercises, based on real project data. In order to use the manual, you will also need to download the relevant exercise data (listed below). All links below lead to the Bioversity International website.

Download the training manual:
Training Manual on Spatial Analysis of Plant Diversity and Distribution (12 MB)

Download the exercise data as:
A  single file (473.9 MB)  (which by unzipping creates the different folders used in the manual)

Or separate zip files for the different exercises:

 2.1 Importing observation data (103 KB)
 2.2 Importing climate data (258.2 MB)

 3.1 Basic elements (121.7 MB)
 3.2 Export to Google Earth (1.0 MB)

 4.1 Quality control – Administrative units (13.6 MB)
 4.2 Quality control – Atypical points (3.9 MB)

 5.1 Species diversity (4.0 MB)
 5.2 Diversity – Phenotypic data (8.4 MB)
 5.3 Diversity – Molecular marker data (4.0 MB)
 5.4 Conservation strategies (6.8 MB)

 6.1 Realized niche (12 KB)
 6.2 Potential distribution (9.8 MB)
 6.3 Climate change (29.7 MB)
 6.4 Gap analysis (12.7 MB)

See also additional resources related to this topic:  Mapping the ecogeographic distribution of biodiversity and GIS tools for plant germplasm collectors

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.