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.
Predicted Relative Abundance Maps
The ABMI generates province-wide species relative abundance maps using statistical models that predict relative abundance in 1-km² units using species relationships with vegetation types, human footprint, and geographic location.
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.