GIS Data: Biodiversity
GIS Biodiversity Data include biodiversity metrics (e.g. intactness, richness, uniqueness) that provide information on the health of biodiversity, species richness, and composition, as well as province-wide species distribution maps predicting current abundance and reference abundance if there was no human footprint.
To report on the status of biodiversity in Alberta, the ABMI has developed a metric called the Biodiversity Intactness Index. Intactness reflects how modifications to habitat as a result of human activities result in changes to species’ abundance.
The ABMI has created an index of species richness for Alberta that is a relative measure of the number of common native species within 1-km² grid cells across the province.
The ABMI has developed a relative index of uniqueness for each Natural Region in Alberta; the index identifies the degree to which species composition in a 1-km² grid cell area is distinct compared to all other pixels within the Natural Region.