Species Distribution Modeling with Lifemapper (LmSDM)
Species Distribution Modeling, also known as environmental niche modelling, refers to the process of creating mathematical formulas (models) to predict the geographic distribution of species based on where they have been found and the environmental conditions in those locations. The environmental conditions often include climate (such as temperature and precipitation), but other factors such as elevation, soil type and land use or land cover can also be used. These models can be applied to the same environmental conditions for other locations and maps can be calculated showing other areas with similar conditions. This technique is used in conservation biology, ecology and evolution.