Modeling the distribution of species and ecosystems in time and space: A review of the new tools and available approaches

Patricio Pliscoff, Taryn Fuentes-Castillo

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Abstract

This article aims to present the conceptual and methodological framework in which models techniques for species and ecosystems distribution are developed. An historical review of concepts behind these techniques is made as well as the presentation of the major methodological steps involved in these tests. A discussion on how these approaches are useful for the development of new questions in the field of biogeography and biological conservation is generated. Finally, an application of distribution modeling techniques, using the specie Beilschmiedia miersii (belloto Del Norte) as a study case, is presented. This conceptual and methodological review as well as the example applied, seeks to clarify the usefulness and potential of distribution models techniques, with the objective to go forward in biogeography research and thus, farther progress in understanding spatial and temporal patterns of organism’s distribution.

Translated title of the contributionModelación de la distribución de especies y ecosistemas en el tiempo y en el espacio: Una revisión de las nuevas herramientas y enfoques disponibles
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)61-79
Number of pages19
JournalRevista de Geografia Norte Grande
Volume2011
Issue number48
StatePublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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