The EU-funded CHARTER research project is conducting a systematic map (a type of scientific review) of the evidence on long-term (centuries to millennia) variability in Arctic biodiversity. After completing the initial planning phase of the review, people with interest in the subject are now contacted to help improve the review protocol. The protocol is the formal method that will be used to find and interpret evidence.
The aim of our systematic map is to provide an as unbiased way as possible for gathering all information on long-term variability in Arctic biodiversity. The Arctic is undergoing rapid environmental change with a multitude of potential consequences for regional biodiversity. To put these changes into context and to make better predictions of future change, we need to know how Arctic biodiversity has varied in the past. A systematic map is often considered the gold standard for collating such information (you can find out more about systematic maps in additional links at the bottom of this email).
The knowledge, interest and experiences of your organisation and your members are important to us. We are now running a brief online consultation to find out:
- Whether your organisation or members would be interested in the outcomes of our research?
- Whether your organisation or members think our review protocol could be improved?
- Whether your organisation or members have any relevant knowledge (e.g., literature suggestions / own experiences) that could be included in the review process?
The web consultation can be found here: https://biodiversity.charter-arctic.org
We thank you in advance for your feedback and please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
Dr Andrew C Martin (lead reviewer) and the CHARTER palaeoecology review team
Explainers about ‘systematic reviews’ that may be of interest
Quick introduction to systematic reviews (2 min video, medical sciences):
Interview with Neal Haddaway on systematic maps and reviews in environmental science: https://www.sei.org/featured/what-does-the-science-say-qa/
6 min video of above interview: https://youtu.be/HIiHDHG4AgY
Information for authors – Collaboration for Environmental Evidence: https://environmentalevidence.org/information-for-authors/aims-and-scope/
James et al. 2016. A methodology for systematic mapping in environmental sciences. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13750-016-0059-6h