About the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) Analytics System

What is the WPI indicator?

The Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) was developed jointly by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Zoological Society of London as an indicator derived from primary camera trap data (O'Brien et al 2010). The WPI was designed to meet the requirements of biodiversity monitoring indexes as described by Buckland et al. (2005), and it monitors ground-dwelling tropical medium and large mammals and birds, species that are important economically, aesthetically and ecologically.

What is the WPI Analytics System and how was it created ?

The WPI Analytics System was developed by HP Earth Insights - collaboration between HP and Conservation International. The System was built by the expertise of HP Enterprise Services and runs on HP Vertica software platform.

The WPI Analytics System harnesses the power of cutting-edge technologies to make Big Data applicable to real world problems. It speeds up TEAM Network data collection, management and analysis efforts, and its unique interface allows users to create custom WPI data sets.

Why does the TEAM Network use the WPI ?

The Tropical Ecology and Assessment Monitoring (TEAM) Network, which implements the largest global camera trap network in tropical forests (16 sites, 14 countries and approximately 1000 camera traps deployed over 2000km 2 that are monitored annually), adopted this indicator as a way to synthesize and understand the effects of climate change and land use change on tropical terrestrial mammal and bird diversity.

The WPI can be aggregated at the level of a site (e.g., a TEAM Site), sites within a region, sites within a continent or globally. At all these levels, data can be disaggregated for particular taxonomic and functional groups of species, species with different conservation status or facing particular threats. TEAM will report the WPI at the following levels: local (site), regional (continental) and global. At each of these levels, TEAM will report WPIs for species with different conservation status (endangered, critically endangered, etc.), CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) levels of threat and functional groups. See the Technical Approach for details on how the WPI is created using TEAM Network data.

 

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The Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network, originally created by Conservation International (CI), is now a partnership among CI, the Missouri Botanical Garden, the Smithsonian Institution and the Wildlife Conservation Society. TEAM's global network of scientists is collecting and distributing near-real-time data on trends in biodiversity, climate, land cover change and ecosystem services. The TEAM Network serves as a global public resource by making all data and derived works publicly available.