The 2013 GBIF Science Symposium, held on 9 October 2013 in Berlin, Germany, showcased several uses of data made available through GBIF. The theme of the symposium was ‘GBIF at work - advancing biodiversity science for a sustainable society’.
The first presentation, by 2013 Ebbe Nielsen Prize winner Miguel Bastos Araújo, described the influence of global climate change on larger patterns of biodiversity.
Following, Michael Diepenbroeck outlined ICSU’s PANGAEA system for acquiring and serving diverse data from the geosciences.
Julián Ramírez-Villegas used extensive GBIF-based data to examine conservation strategies under present and future climate regimes for biodiversity in general, and wild relatives of food crops in particular.
Using tree records from the past 12,000 years, Rosane Collevatti shows how species in Neotropical savannas retreated into a patchwork distribution, whereas those in seasonally dry forests expanded their range.
Lilliana Ballesteros-Mejia is concerned with the resolution and knowledge gap in the distribution of the world’s plant and animal species, such as those based on biocollections housed in museums and herbaria and mapped from GBIF-enabled records.
Kenneth Feeley demonstrated that tropical plant species in the Andes, Costa Rica and the Amazon, despite their disparate habitats, show climate-driven distributional shifts, and warns of rapid rates of biodiversity loss under future scenarios.