PREDICTS: Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems

A hummingbird with pink neck feathers on a branch

Anna's hummingbird (Calypte anna) © Fireglo/Shutterstock

Using data for conservation, prediction and policy

The PREDICTS project analyses a global database of ecological communities to understand how human activities, such as land use, affect local biodiversity worldwide.

This understanding lets us estimate the global status of local biodiversity now and under different possible future scenarios - predictions that can inform conservation policy. 

The shrinking diversity of life

Biodiversity loss is a clear warning sign that we are in a planetary emergency.

This biodiversity crisis has arisen because of growing human pressures on ecosystems, including:

Project summary

Focus: PREDICTS uses data on local biodiversity around the world to model how human activities affect biological communities. 

The Biodiversity Intactness Index estimates how much, on average, of a region’s natural biodiversity is still left.

Plants Under Pressure

Assessing threats to plants and monitoring the state of the plant world.