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dc.contributor.authorWheeler, Q. D.
dc.contributor.authorKnapp, Sandra
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, D. W.
dc.contributor.authorStevenson, J.
dc.contributor.authorBlum, Stan D.
dc.contributor.authorBoom, B.. M.
dc.contributor.authorBorisy, Gary G.
dc.contributor.authorBuizer, J. L.
dc.contributor.authorDe Carvalho, M. R.
dc.contributor.authorCibrian, A.
dc.contributor.authorDonoghue, M. J.
dc.contributor.authorDoyle, V.
dc.contributor.authorGerson, E. M.
dc.contributor.authorGraham, C. H.
dc.contributor.authorGraves, P.
dc.contributor.authorGraves, Sara J.
dc.contributor.authorGuralnick, Robert P.
dc.contributor.authorHamilton, A. L.
dc.contributor.authorHanken, J.
dc.contributor.authorLaw, W.
dc.contributor.authorLipscomb, D. L.
dc.contributor.authorLovejoy, T. E.
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Holly
dc.contributor.authorMiller, J. S.
dc.contributor.authorNaeem, Shahid
dc.contributor.authorNovacek, M. J.
dc.contributor.authorPage, L. M.
dc.contributor.authorPlatnick, N. I.
dc.contributor.authorPorter-Morgan, H.
dc.contributor.authorRaven, Peter H.
dc.contributor.authorSolis, M. A.
dc.contributor.authorValdecasas, A. G.
dc.contributor.authorVan Der Leeuw, S.
dc.contributor.authorVasco, A.
dc.contributor.authorVermeulen, N.
dc.contributor.authorVogel, J.
dc.contributor.authorWalls, R. L.
dc.contributor.authorWilson, E. O.
dc.contributor.authorWoolley, J. B.
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-10T13:28:59Z
dc.date.available2012-04-10T13:28:59Z
dc.date.issued2012-03-27
dc.identifier.citationSystematics and Biodiversity 10 (2012): 1-20en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1912/5119
dc.descriptionAuthor Posting. © The Natural History Museum, 2012. This article is posted here by permission of Taylor & Francis for reuse for non-commercial purposes only. The definitive version was published in Systematics and Biodiversity 10 (2012): 1-20, doi:10.1080/14772000.2012.665095.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe time is ripe for a comprehensive mission to explore and document Earth's species. This calls for a campaign to educate and inspire the next generation of professional and citizen species explorers, investments in cyber-infrastructure and collections to meet the unique needs of the producers and consumers of taxonomic information, and the formation and coordination of a multi-institutional, international, transdisciplinary community of researchers, scholars and engineers with the shared objective of creating a comprehensive inventory of species and detailed map of the biosphere. We conclude that an ambitious goal to describe 10 million species in less than 50 years is attainable based on the strength of 250 years of progress, worldwide collections, existing experts, technological innovation and collaborative teamwork. Existing digitization projects are overcoming obstacles of the past, facilitating collaboration and mobilizing literature, data, images and specimens through cyber technologies. Charting the biosphere is enormously complex, yet necessary expertise can be found through partnerships with engineers, information scientists, sociologists, ecologists, climate scientists, conservation biologists, industrial project managers and taxon specialists, from agrostologists to zoophytologists. Benefits to society of the proposed mission would be profound, immediate and enduring, from detection of early responses of flora and fauna to climate change to opening access to evolutionary designs for solutions to countless practical problems. The impacts on the biodiversity, environmental and evolutionary sciences would be transformative, from ecosystem models calibrated in detail to comprehensive understanding of the origin and evolution of life over its 3.8 billion year history. The resultant cyber-enabled taxonomy, or cybertaxonomy, would open access to biodiversity data to developing nations, assure access to reliable data about species, and change how scientists and citizens alike access, use and think about biological diversity information.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipFunds for the ‘Sustain What?’ workshop were provided by Arizona State University (Office of the President, International Institute for Species Exploration and Global Institute of Sustainability) and a grant from the US National Science Foundation (DEB-1102500 to QDW). Further support was provided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University and NSF (DEB-0316614 to SK).en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.relation.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2012.665095
dc.subjectBiodiversityen_US
dc.subjectBioinformaticsen_US
dc.subjectBiomimicryen_US
dc.subjectBiosphereen_US
dc.subjectConservationen_US
dc.subjectCyberinfrastructureen_US
dc.subjectEcologyen_US
dc.subjectEvolutionen_US
dc.subjectInternational collaborationen_US
dc.subjectOrganization of scienceen_US
dc.subjectOriginsen_US
dc.subjectSpeciesen_US
dc.subjectSustainabilityen_US
dc.subjectSystematicsen_US
dc.subjectTaxonomyen_US
dc.subjectTeam worken_US
dc.titleMapping the biosphere : exploring species to understand the origin, organization and sustainability of biodiversityen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14772000.2012.665095


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