publication . Thesis . 2018

Accuracy, error and bias in species identification

Austen, Gail Elizabeth; None;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2018
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Reliable, robust data is fundamental to effective decision-making. Species observations are used as evidence in a range of areas that work towards conserving biodiversity. Decisions made on these data are only well informed if the species have been accurately identified. Moreover, the misidentification of species can have widespread socio-economic impacts. Despite these important applications of species data, the possibility of accuracy, error, and bias in species identification remains largely unexplored. Both volunteers and professionals conduct species identification, and in its simplest form, this process is a judgement made by reference to identification ai...
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