GLOBIS-B is funded by the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework program of the European Commission for a period of 36 months (June 2015 until May 2018). The project aims to identify the required primary data, analysis tools, methodologies, and legal and technical bottlenecks to develop an agenda for research and infrastructure development to compute EBVs. GLOBIS-B will organize and prepare four workshops with internationally acknowledged ecologists and biodiversity scientists, operators of research infrastructures, and legal interoperability experts to discuss and advance the implementation of EBVs. A total of 22 EBVs have been proposed by GEO BON within six EBV classes (Pereira et al. 2013). GLOBIS-B will focus on data related to species distributions and abundances (EBV class ‘species populations’), ecological traits (EBV class ‘species traits’), and species interactions (‘EBV class ‘Community composition’). The workshops aim to identify the key challenges for calculating and testing EBVs and how global cooperation of research infrastructures may facilitate the improvement of biodiversity knowledge on EBVs.
Pereira, H. M., S. Ferrier, M. Walters, G. N. Geller, R. H. G. Jongman, R. J. Scholes, M. W. Bruford, et al. (2013): Essential Biodiversity Variables. Science 339, 277-278. doi: 10.1126/science.1229931.