Atlases

Current Activity

Promoting and publishing atlases is an integral part of BRC’s work.  Atlases continue to be important for biological recording while also providing a basis for periodic review of the distribution of species within a taxonomic group.  Atlas datasets are often used for research, including many of the examples given throughout this booklet.  In 2014, coinciding with its 50th anniversary, BRC is supporting the publication of major atlases of dragonflies and bryophytes.

 

Key Outputs

Printed atlases now cover over 10,000 species of plants and animals. Many atlases are richly detailed reference works which include much more than distribution data.  Atlases and their associated datasets have revealed major changes in species’ ranges over the past 50 years and are being used to address a growing number of research questions.  Maps, species accounts and associated information within atlases are also increasingly used to make informative and attractive websites to support recording.

Atlases are listed in the references below, or find those for specific taxa on the relevant recording scheme pages.

 

Future Challenges

Planned atlases will continue to extend the taxonomic breadth of mapped species distributions.  Repeat atlases, such as those already published for Lepidoptera, birds and plants, often reveal important insights into the causes of change in species distribution, and generate new research questions. Additional ecological and environmental information, now integral to most atlases, help to interpret species distributions. A challenge is to incorporate complex new analyses of trends in an accessible way.

 

References

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