Frequently asked questions

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the variability among all living organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part.

What is species diversity?

Species diversity is the number of species present in an area and their relative abundance.

What is a biological population?

A biological population is all of the members of one species that live in the same place.

What is insect abundance?

Insect abundance is the number of insects found in an area.

Why do weather scientists discard insect data?

Weather scientists using the UK’s radar network are looking only for weather and weather-related phenomena. They aren’t interested in biology, and it can get in the way of seeing interesting weather data, so they try to remove insect data.

Now, there is a growing number of biologists and ecologists who are using radar to look for insect and wildlife. Finding information about insects and wildlife in our skies requires a different way of processing radar data, which BioDAR is helping to develop.