Species distribution modelling as a marine conservation tool
Modelling species’ distribution has widespread application in marine ecology and conservation. BY combining data on the abundance/distribution/presence of a species with biotic and abiotic co-variable it is possible to model a predictive distribution of species of interest. This biogeographic output may in turn, be used to identify locations where species can exist, or how changes in environmental conditions may affect current distribution patterns.
Syllabus to include:
Introduction to species distribution modelling
Species distribution modelling techniques
Data types and sources
Model types and sources
Interpretation of model data for conservation purposes