ENM BioClim Workflow

The BioClim workflow is usually run before the ENM workflow to select environmentally unique points from a specified set of points and to calculate the corresponding environmental envelopes (minimum/maximum) for the given environmental variables. It is a variation of the ENM workflow, described above.

Who is it for?

Users of the ENM workflow, wishing to pre-process and prepare their input data for niche modelling.

What is it for?

With this workflow you can filter a set of species occurrences for environmentally unique points. This procedure avoids passing redundant information to niche modelling algorithms later. Besides filtering the points, the workflow generates a BioClim model to calculate the environmental range for each variable.

How does it work?

It creates an ecological niche model with the OpenModeller Web service using the Bioclim algorithm. Environmental layers and geographic mask are selected during the workflow. Points are filtered so that only environmentally unique points are used to create the model.

Expected results

Filtered set of points (environmentally unique) and BioClim model where environmental envelopes can be found.

Links to workflow and user documentation

Workflow on myExperiment



Leidenberger S., De Giovanni R., Kulawik R., Williams A., Bourlat S.J. (2014) Mapping present and future predicted distribution patterns for a meso-grazer guild in the Baltic Sea. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12395. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jbi.12395/abstract

Leidenberger S., Obst M., Kulawik R., Stelzer K., Heyer K., Hardisty A., Bourlat S.J. (2014) Evaluating the potential of ecological niche modelling as a component in invasive species risk assessments. Ecological applications. Submitted.

Example of uses

The BioClim workflow can be used to obtain a sub-set of environmentally unique occurrence points from a larger set of occurrence data.
This can be useful in situations where large numbers of observations in a particular geographic/environmentally similar locality may have the effect of skewing the modelling of the species distribution. The workflow can also be used to gain a useful overview of the environmental ranges where the species can be found.




19 February 2015

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