With a unique natural geographic environment, there is rich flora and fauna in Taiwan and the abundant species and high density are renowned over the world. Influenced by long geographical isolation, the proportion of endemic species has increased. For example, there are currently around 4200 different vascular plant species recorded in Taiwan, 27% of which are endemic species, and around 18,500 wild animal species (including mammals, birds, Amphibias, Reptilias, fresh water fish, butterflies and other insects) have also been recorded, of them over 60% are endemic species. Whether for academic research, resource conservation and utilization or even international tourism, the abundant animal and plant resources as well as the high ratio of endemic species are all of very high value.
\"Taiwan endemic species\" refers to the species that are bred or distributed in the local area only. Endemic species compose the most important part of Taiwanâs natural and cultural sceneries and also flora and fauna resources, even its existence and growth is closely bounded to the ecosystem integrity of Taiwan. For a long time, we have had insufficient basic survey and research about the native creature, which might have caused a serious effect on studying flora and fauna distribution, group volume, living pressure, rehabilitation and native ecology education of Taiwanâs endemic and rare species. As a result, to systemically build up a survey database and an effective educational guidance, this project was drawn up by the Endemic Species Research Institute Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan.The goals of the systemThe system is expected to effectively and accurately attain the local flora and fauna data and systematically create an Internet geographic database with surveyed samples and distribution data of wild flora and fauna through back-end data processing, so that it can satisfy the need of filing management and achieve the goal of integrating wild flora and fauna data. This system can make a solid foundation for the Endemic Species Research Instituteâs data storage center and can benefit the instituteâs future constructions, planning and managements.The results of the systemFlora and fauna data query website is the key structure for the system. It is a querying website that integrates all domestic flora and fauna databases; furthermore, with WebGIS technology, the Internet GIS function allows the general users to query data through the Internet. Other than general online query, to cope with the business demands of the units in charge, the limited data uploading and managing functions are provided so that maintenance and update of data could be made with authority. The Taiwan Wildlife Survey Database Query System interfaceThe system development can be divided into four categories：System Function Development, Data Integration, WebGIS Enhancement and Educational Training. 1. System Function Development:* Query species：On the species query list, a query interface is added so that users can search the map for a specific town or country where the species is distributed. * Enhanced photography upload：When users upload photos, the system will record the photosâ information, such as photographer and the shooting time. * Statistics：A statistic table of the species distribution at a specific area can be displayed. * Presents species diversity analysis results of the surveyed data. 2. Data Integration:* Created a data integration mechanism for field survey units to upload data. This system is used as the entrance port for querying species query and integrating the survey data collected from units to extend the contents of this database. 3. WebGIS Enhancement: * Integrate related spatial data, such as satellite images and various kinds of vector maps. * Integrate aerial images：The system integrates the aerial images with the WebGIS query interface for users to have an overview about the species habitat. 4. Educational Training: * Course contents：Educational training and technology transfer are aimed at assisting users to manipulate the system easily. The user manual provided by this project allows the persons in charge to be familiar with the system quickly and can be used as a system guidance.The Taiwan Wildlife Survey Database Query System integrates aerial images.For more details about this system, please visit: www.supergeotek.com.About SuperGeo Technologies Inc.SuperGeo Technologies Inc. is a leading global provider of GIS software. Since the establishment, the vision is to dedicate in providing geospatial technologies to promote the environmental sustainable development so SuperGeo has been offering state-of-the-art GIS technologies and comprehensive services for customers around the world. SuperGeo software has been spread over the world in more than 20 countries. SuperGeo provides complete GIS solutions for desktop, mobile, server and Internet platforms. Visit us at www.supergeotek.com
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