The Combined Biotope Classification Scheme is designed to provide data and information for natural resource management and conservation. It is for mapping biological communities and informing scientists and managers on changes in health and distribution over time.
CBiCS is a universal system for comparing data from varied sources, ranging from citizen science to detailed research programs and between different regions in Australia and the world.
We encourage all researchers, managers and citizen scientists to consider using the standardised classes of CBiCS for their marine ecological needs. Further documentation and supporting materials will be available shortly (and please feel free to contact the authors for further enquiries).
This website is presently being developed in phases. This phase includes a description of the CBiCS components and a tool for exploring the hierarchical classes. The next phase will provide access to catalogue pages for each class, with descriptions and images.
CBiCS has the key features:
Hierarchical classification structure aligned with the resolution of sensors.
Highly resolved classes providing powerful interpretation, environmental accounts, monitoring and predictability.
Interaction between hierarchical classification structure, ground truthing data and software-based classification routines.
Hierarchical scheme for classifying images to biotope level and scoring morphospecies.
CBiCS has seven components that are used to describe and classify habitats, biotopes and biodiversity. These components are derived from the international schema used by CMECS, JNCC and EUNIS. They are: (BS) biogeographic setting; (AS) aquatic setting; (WC) water column component; (SC) substratum component; (GC) geoform component); (BC) biotic component; and (MC) morphospecies component.