Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
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GC Insights: Nature stripes for raising engagement with biodiversity loss
- Final revised paper (published on 21 Feb 2023)
- Supplement to the final revised paper
- Preprint (discussion started on 24 Oct 2022)
Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor |
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RC1: 'Comment on gc-2022-13', Anonymous Referee #1, 06 Dec 2022
- AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Miles Richardson, 06 Jan 2023
RC2: 'Comment on gc-2022-13', Anonymous Referee #2, 14 Dec 2022
- AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Miles Richardson, 06 Jan 2023
Peer review completion
AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (16 Jan 2023) by Mathew Stiller-Reeve
AR by Miles Richardson on behalf of the Authors (20 Jan 2023)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by editor) (02 Feb 2023) by Mathew Stiller-Reeve
AR by Miles Richardson on behalf of the Authors (02 Feb 2023)  Author's response Author's tracked changes Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (04 Feb 2023) by Mathew Stiller-Reeve
ED: Publish as is (04 Feb 2023) by Kirsten v. Elverfeldt(Executive Editor)
This is a welcome adaptation of the "warming stripes" visual communication approach to the biodiversity crisis. The writing is clear and succint. The methodology (I am not a biologist or ecologist but rather a climate scientist) underlying the calculation of LPI should be understandable to the audience of this journal.
However, since this is a "communications" journal, I feel there should be a little more discussion about the interpretation of LPI. The 68% average decline across populations was wildly misinterpreted in popular media. While it is beyond the scope to go into a full explanation, a few sentences describing the challenge is warranted. Such an explaination will also help justify the inclusion of the articial variabilty. I do worry a bit that, whereas the warming stripes show the real observed variations of global temperatuare along with the trend, here the variations are artificial. This could be construed as misleading. For example, are the brighter yellow stripes as the trend goes to gray indicative of years where populations ticked up? Likely not, as the index is averaging across many thousands of variables (i.e. populations) rather than one (i.e. average global temperature) as is the case with the "warming stripes".
None of this is detract from the power of the visualization nor the message it conveys.