Biodiversity and carbon Reef Catchments NRM region

The potential for carbon sequestration and storage was estimated using the Maximum Potential Biomass data (MaxBio, Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency 2004). MaxBio is estimated from a Forest Productivity Index, using monthly climate data, solar radiation and leaf area index, to produce a relative scale of 1 to 25. MaxBio estimates the above-ground biomass at a 0.0025 degree grid size (c. 250m) across Australia, assuming that the site contained native vegetation.

the biodiversity was created by summing the models of 697 species.

Species’ future distributions were modelled using future climate projections sourced from the Tyndall Centre (  Eighteen general circulation models (GCMs), and the most severe representative concentration pathway, RCP8.5, were used for the year 2055 and 2085. To add realism to future projections of species distributions, only suitable areas into the future that were within a reasonable dispersal distance were retained; areas beyond this extent were clipped out. A conservative but reasonable dispersal distance used was 4km/year for birds and mammals and 1km/year for amphibians and reptiles.



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James Cook University