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Biological invasion impact assessment system: from idea to implementation
Narscius, A.; Olenin, S.; Zaiko, A.; Minchin, D. (2012). Biological invasion impact assessment system: from idea to implementation. Ecological Informatics 7(1): 46-51. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.ecoinf.2011.11.003
In: Ecological Informatics. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 1574-9541; e-ISSN 1878-0512, more
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Author keywords
    Ecological data management; Invasive alien species; Biopollution index; Bioinvasion database

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  • Narscius, A.
  • Olenin, S., more
  • Zaiko, A.
  • Minchin, D.

Abstract
    We describe the Biological Invasion Impact / Biopollution Assessment System (BINPAS), an online application for assessment of invasive species impacts. The methodology is based on a classification of the abundance and distribution range of alien species related to the magnitude of their impacts on communities, habitats and ecosystem functioning. Then formalized data is aggregated in a hybrid ranking and the system provides a “Biopollution Level” (BPL), ranging from “no measurable impact” (BPL = 0) to “massive impact” (BPL = 4). BINPAS was created using open source web technologies and relational database management systems. The system provides a user-friendly interface to calculate BPL, it allows for the sharing of ecological data, providing inter-regional comparisons and meta-analysis of biological invasion effects at different spatial and temporal scales.

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