By 2025, we’ll have a better understanding of how climate change is changing the world’s ecosystems.
A team of researchers led by Professor Andrew Dessler from the University of Bristol and the University Of Sussex have used the same dataset to build a new map of the world with more than 60 million observations.
Their findings have revealed that more than half of the planet is now covered in new plants, animals and insects.
The researchers say they have made important improvements to their model, which has been used to understand the ecological impact of global warming, to predict how plants and animals are adapting to changing climates.
Professor Dessler said the new map could be useful to planners, building managers and other decision makers.
“It’s really important to be aware of the impact that climate change has on landscapes, but it’s also important to think about how to manage this change.
It’s going to affect our lives, and we need to be conscious of how we manage that impact,” he said.
“If we don’t have good data for these impacts, we will not be able to make wise decisions.”
The team analysed the land cover in all the countries that make up the European Union (EU) to predict the spread of invasive species and invasive plants.
They mapped the total number of species across the entire continent and compared the number of plants, trees and animals that were present at a given location.
Their results suggest that the number is rising and it’s already more than 10 times higher than the average for most of the globe.
Mr Dessler says the map could help the public to make better decisions, particularly about where to spend their money.
“What’s great about the new dataset is that it gives us a better picture of what’s happening across the world, rather than just looking at one country,” he told ABC News.
“So the data is very rich in terms of species richness, so you can see the extent to which species are spreading and changing the landscapes.”
It also helps to make predictions about where tourism is going to take place, because it can be difficult to know where people are at the moment.
Professor Michael Brown from the School of Life Sciences at the University (UNSW) in Sydney said the findings could be used to help decision makers make decisions about where they should invest their money and spend their time.
“We need to get a handle on the problem of biodiversity loss,” he explained.
“If the world can do this, then we will be able more effectively manage the global ecosystem and be able make better choices.”
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