Bavarian Forest National Park
"The loss of biodiversity is not limited to tropical rainforests, it also affects us here. Our data on more than 8,000 animal and plant species can help to track this development and assess the influence of climate change, for example. We would therefore like to collaborate on facilitating access to this data – and perhaps pave the way for other national park administrations as well."
Jörg Müller (Deputy Director of the Bavarian Forest National Park)
About the Bavarian Forest National Park
Founded in 1970, the Bavarian Forest National Park is located in the east of Lower Bavaria on the border with the Czech Republic. The large protected area is managed by the Bavarian Forest National Park Administration, a special authority of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection.
In addition to nature conservation, recreation and educational work, research plays an important role in the national park. Among other things, research is conducted into how the forest and its biotic communities develop without human intervention or what effects anthropogenic influences have on nature.
Our Use Cases
What is the potential of NFDI4Biodiversity? This is illustrated by our more than 20 use cases: real-life applications in which we test how data can be mobilised or visualised, how cross-regional metadata standards can be established, or how storage and computing infrastructure can be implemented for the integration and evaluation of currently decentrally distributed data treasures. Our use cases are the joint work of the respective use case partner, professional and technical experts from the consortium and coordinating project staff, the so-called use case managers.
The goal: making valuable long-term data more readily available
In our use case Bavarian Forest National Park, we are working to develop an information system for terrestrial geo-referenced multitaxon imagery that combines different applications and services to facilitate the technical assessment of the state of biodiversity.
Multitaxon data are data that relate not just to one species, but to many species occurring in a given area. They are collected in forest ecosystems along an 800-metre elevation and structural gradient to understand changes in biodiversity and to resolve the relationships between species and their environment. The two gradients cover a wide range of abiotic factors and stand structures, making the national park a well-suited study area for interdisciplinary biodiversity research. Data collection is carried out using various methods such as malaise traps, photo cameras, high boxes and batcorders. In addition, environmental factors such as microclimate and forest structure are recorded.
Within the framework of the use case project, solutions for data storage are being developed from which other national park administrations can also benefit – in order to make the valuable long-term data available to other interested parties, for example researchers. In the course of this, a concept for long-term archiving is also being developed.
The state of play: Successful deployment of an instance for the data collection and unification
In cooperation with the team led by Prof. Dr. Birgitta König-Ries from the Institute of Computer Science at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, an instance of the BEXIS2 software was made available to the Bavarian Forest National Park for data collection and standardisation. Supporting a wide range of data types and structures, this service is ideally suited for the systematic merging of existing and newly created data sets in the National Park. BEXIS2 was successfully tested in the national park with the data collection for the climate research project BIOKLIM. The data management system is a good starting point for the national park to develop a process for long-term archiving of the data in the next step.
As a special authority of the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection, the National Park is obliged to offer digital and analog records for archiving to the State Archives, whose Directorate General is also a partner in the NFDI4Biodiversity network. The two institutions are now working on implementing a long-term archiving concept for data from the BIOKLIM project. With one of the next updates, BEXIS will receive support for the ABCD format widely used in biodiversity research. This will enable the national park to exchange its data with the international research community in a standardized way - for example via GBIF, one of the major biodiversity data portals.
NFDI4Biodiversity on the web page of the Bavarian Forest National Parks: https://www.nationalpark-bayerischer-wald.bayern.de/projekte/nfdi4biodiversity
Use Case Manager (NFDI4Biodiversity)
Jörg Brünecke (email@example.com)
Contact person at the Bavarian Forest National Park
Contact person at BEXIS2
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