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Threat Mapping

Michael Van Nuland
Data Science Lead
June 17, 2024
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Human activities and climate change are threatening mycorrhizal fungi at a rate never before seen, but we lack the tools to locate where these threats are happening. To address this, we are using geo-spatial data to identify and quantify threats to underground biodiversity.

Human activities and climate change are threatening mycorrhizal fungi at a rate never before seen, but we lack the tools to locate where these threats are happening. To address this, we are using geo-spatial data to identify and quantify threats to underground biodiversity. Different types of threats occur simultaneously, and their effects compound, so we also created an integrated threat index that shows an overall threat risk for any given area. This threat index can be overlaid with our biodiversity predictions, allowing us to easily pinpoint areas of greatest priority — like highly threatened mycorrhizal biodiversity hotspots.

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