BDI: A tool for management and conservation of Iran's biodiversity

Document Type : Research articles

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1 Department of Environmental Sciences & Engineering, Faculty of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Ardakan University, P.O. Box 184, Ardakan, Iran

2 ENTEZAR software group

3 Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract

Biodiversity is one of the key components of environmental sustainability and its conservation is very important. To conserve biodiversity, both its management and measurement management are necessary. Biodiversity measurement means some quantitative value that can be ascribed to the various measurements so these values can be compared. With its geographic and climatic variety, Iran has a valuable biodiversity, which includes about 1,130 and 8,000 species of vertebrates and flora, respectively. Due to the large amount of data (occurrence points) and complexity of calculations, utilizing computer programs is essential. Though numerous software have been developed in this field, Iran has no exclusive software. Therefore, we here present BDI v. 1.0.0 (BioDiversity of Iran), a user-friendly software utility which facilitates the calculation of the most commonly used biodiversity indices and then spatially visualizes the results on a map with high precision and resolution.

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