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What the CBD Biodiversity Scenarios Report says about Freshwater

July 2, 2010

Published in May, the 134-page CBD technical report “Biodiversity Scenarios: projections of 21st century change in biodiversity and associated ecosystem services” focuses on longer term projected estimates of biodiversity change .

I was interested to see how freshwater issues are discussed in this report, so I ran it through the ManyEyes Word-tree tool which visualises the context in which the word ‘freshwater; is used. Here is the result

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If you would like to explore this word tree interactively click here

For me this confirms the strong associations between freshwater, ecosystems, services and biodiversity in international policy.

Paul Jepson

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aaike De Wever permalink
    July 2, 2010 20:18

    This seems really interesting, but I wonder if you can see more of the context. Quite often I was wondering how the sentence started; e.g. …freshwater biodiversity are limited compared to terrestrial and marine biodiversity. Did I miss something in this tool or should I search the original document to find out?

  2. July 5, 2010 08:41

    Good point, Aaike! These tools only offer a useful ‘quick look’ or ‘first cut’ to prompt futher questions. As you suggest you would need to copy the string into a document ‘find’ tool to find out how it starts or the broader context in which the word is used. Paul

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