To address their underrepresentation in GBIF and all other resources, this project will fill taxonomic and geographic data gaps in Asia by mobilizing immense volumes of camera-trap records for cryptic forest species in the region.
The project team has previously completed a pilot to curate occurrences in more than 400 camera-trap studies from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore published between 1999 and 2015. This dataset only represents a subset of Asian countries but still produced 273,791 independent observations of 211 vertebrate species at 131 sites. Each record contains the species, time of the study, coordinates of the study, and other details about the study effort and methods.
This project will expand the geographic coverage to include Japan, South Korea, China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam and will also include more recent studies from 2015 to 2021. These additions are expected to triple the number of occurrences from the pilot, resulting in more than 500,000 observations of 300+ vertebrate species in more than 200 sites.