Biodiversity Indexes: Value and Evaluation Purposes

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Abstract

Biodiversity is a word recently introduced by experts in the field of biology. This word became more meaningful after Edward O. Wilson of Harvard University introduced it in a book entitled Biodiversity, an extension of biological diversity, in 1989 [11]. In subsequent developments, it became very popular and used not only by environmental biologists but also by researchers, environmentalists, funders, educators, social experts, economists, policy makers, and many others, although many do not know what that means. Biodiversity includes variations within the biological community, where living species, and ecosystems, where communities are located, as well as interaction between them (Pri. The science of biodiversity has emerged rapidly since then included monitoring and evaluation systems which is measuring the value of biodiversity components, such as the number of species present, the population of species, a habitat or the sum of all such components within a given area or site. Such monitoring and evaluation may be carried out for a variety of reasons, included identification of a given area for biodiversity richness, evenness or healthy ecosystems. The richness is the number of species per sample, the more species present in a sample, the richer the sample. Evenness is a measure of the relative abundance of the different species making up the richness of an area. Two commonly used to measure biodiversity Simpson index Ds and Shannon's index H'. Simpson's index DS is similarity index (the higher the value the lower in diversity). While Shannon index is combining evenness and richness and less weighted on dominant species. Both indexes are more reflective in nature and can predict the environment health. Therefore, it may be good to have one of those biodiversity indexes to be used for UI GreenMetric to understand the environment healthiness in the campus.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01001
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2018
Event4th International Workshop on UI GreenMetric World University Rankings, IWGM 2018 - Semarang, Indonesia
Duration: 8 Apr 201810 Apr 2018

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