Species distribution modelling allows to determine the variation among species and their shifts over time as this responds to climate changes.
In fact, this is a form of ecological niche modelling using the general principles of biotechnical research.
The BioVeL project is creating a set of workflows and web services for scientists to perform different analyses in the fields of ecology, taxonomy, phylogenetics and metagenomics.
Yuliya Fetyukova has analyzed the species occurrence data of all the butterlies in Europe. There are 344 species and the occurrence data sets have been analyzed on the GBIF data portal. The environmental layers are to be found in the WorldClim repository.
Yuliya Fetyukova provided an example of the historical distribution of the species with the analysis of the Erynnis tages species distribution from 1960 to 1990.
She predicted that there will be habitat suitability shifts by 2050.
Coverage and intensity statistics can be drawn from the species occurrence data.
The EGI deployment of ENM related services enables the researchers to perform parallelized computation.
More information about this research is available at the BioVeL portal.