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Volume 8, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 651–661, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-651-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 651–661, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-8-651-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  23 Nov 2016

23 Nov 2016

An explicit GIS-based river basin framework for aquatic ecosystem conservation in the Amazon

Eduardo Venticinque1, Bruce Forsberg2, Ronaldo Barthem3, Paulo Petry4, Laura Hess5, Armando Mercado6, Carlos Cañas6, Mariana Montoya6, Carlos Durigan7, and Michael Goulding8 Eduardo Venticinque et al.
  • 1Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Dept. Ecologia, 59072-970, Natal, RN, Brazil
  • 2Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), Av. André Araújo 2936, Caixa Postal 478, Manaus, AM, 69060-001, Brazil
  • 3Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi (Belém, Pará, Brazil), Caixa Postal 399, Belém, PA, 66040-170, Brazil
  • 4The Nature Conservancy (TNC), 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington VA22203, USA & Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
  • 5Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-3060 USA
  • 6Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Av. Roosevelt No. 6360 Miraflores – Lima, Peru
  • 7Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), CP 4306, 69083-970, Manaus, Brazil
  • 8Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10460, USA

Abstract. Despite large-scale infrastructure development, deforestation, mining and petroleum exploration in the Amazon Basin, relatively little attention has been paid to the management scale required for the protection of wetlands, fisheries and other aspects of aquatic ecosystems. This is due, in part, to the enormous size, multinational composition and interconnected nature of the Amazon River system, as well as to the absence of an adequate spatial model for integrating data across the entire Amazon Basin. In this data article we present a spatially uniform multi-scale GIS framework that was developed especially for the analysis, management and monitoring of various aspects of aquatic systems in the Amazon Basin. The Amazon GIS-Based River Basin Framework is accessible as an ESRI geodatabase at doi:10.5063/F1BG2KX8.

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Despite large-scale infrastructure development in the Amazon Basin, relatively little attention has been paid to the wetlands, fisheries and other aspects of aquatic ecosystems. In this data article, we present a GIS framework that was developed for the analysis, management and monitoring of aquatic systems in the Amazon Basin.
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