Niche models on GBIF

GBIF have recently added a pretty neat tool to their data portal. You now have the opportunity to create a niche model based on the occurrence data from GBIF. Niche models attempt to define areas of suitable habitat for a species.

Simply search for a species and in the Actions window click the option for 'create niche model'.

The model is created using Open Modeller, but the options are limited to the Envelope Score algorithm at the moment. Hopefully further algorithms will be added. The output is a png image, which is fine for display purposes.

Its great to see this functionality added to the GBIF portal, but don't forget the models are only as good as the data they are run on!

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