About Species Distribution
Create an experiment
Create an experiment
Create an experiment
Create an experiment
1. Choose to either find a species in the GBIF archive
Import a Species file
2. Choose an Algorithm.
3. Choose an Environmental Set.
Note: because of time limitations on the web Lifemapper has limited the Website test drive to low resolution Environmental Sets. High Resolution Environmental Sets are available through Lifemapper web services, which can be accessed either through the QGIS-Lifemapper plugin or programmatically.
4. Enter your email to receive an email notification when your experiment is complete. The email will include your experiment number for future reference.
5. Click the Run Experiment button.

The My Exeriments dialog will display showing the progress of your new experiment submission as it is processed.
Explore Archive
Explore Archive
Explore Archive
1. Type the first 3 letters of the name of a species here.

Hint: If your species is not in the list continue typing letters until it appears.
A list of available species matching the criteria will appear.
2. Choose a species from the list.
Points for every species occurrence found in the latest copy of the GBIF species archive will display on the map.

Note: modeled distributions are not available for all species in the archive. Species with less than 50 points are not modeled.
3. Choose a projection.
The projection will display on the map.
Explore Climate Layers Explore Climate Layers
1. Choose a Climate Data source
2. Choose an IPCC Scenario
3. Climate layers matching your choices will become available to explore. Please note that some of the layers are high resolution and may take a few minutes to display. These high-resolution layers are available for creating experiments using Lifemapper Web Services or Web Clients but not on the website.

Click a Climate layer to display it on the map.
Explore the Species Archive
This includes GBIF species distribution data, and any existing current day and future projections.
Species Archive
Explore the Climate Layers
This includes high resolution climate layers available through Lifemapper Web Services.
Climate Layers
Create a new Experiment
Choose species data (or upload data), an algorithm and low resolution climate set to create projections.
New Experiment
View an experiment
View an experiment
The My Experiments dialog allows you to view your new experiments for each browser session. Closing the browser will clear the cache. To view an experiment from a previous browser session simply enter the Experiment Number in the box provided.
Note: Experiments will be kept on the Lifemapper server for approximately 2 weeks. Please download an experiment to archive the information.
1. Enter an Existing Experiment number.
2. Click on a New Experiment while it is processing to check the status.
3. Click on an Experiment.
Species Occurrence points will display on the map.
4. Click on a projection.
The projection layer will display on the map.
Filter by Data Source Help
Climate layers for Lifemapper Species Diversity models are provided by:
CRU: The Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia provides 10-minute (.167 degree) climate layers based on Observed Climate information. More information can be found on the CRU Website.
Hadley: The Met Office Hadley Centre is one of the UK's foremost climate change research centres. They provide 15-minute (.25 degree) projection layers. More information can be found on the Hadley website.
NIES: The National Institute for Environmental Studies provides higher, 30 second resolution (.0083 degree) projection layers. More information can be found on the NIES website.
WorldClim: These higher resolution (30 second, approximately .0083 degree) layers used for current climate data were developed by the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley. More information can be found on the WorldClim website.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) developed future climate layers based on various factors including population and economic growth, energy type and use and CO2 emissions. More detailed descriptions are available on the IPCC website.
B1: a convergent world with low population growth, but rapid changes in economic structures toward a service and information economy, reductions in materials intensity, and the introduction of clean and resource efficient technologies.
A1B: a future world of very rapid economic growth, global population that peaks in mid-century and declines thereafter, and rapid introduction of new and more efficient technologies.
A2: a very heterogeneous world with continuously increasing global population and regionally oriented economic growth that is more fragmented and slower than in other storylines.
Growth Rate
Energy Use
Per Person
Proportion of
Clean Energy
CO2 Emissions
by 2100
B1 lower lower higher 983 Gt
A1B lower higher higher 1499 Gt
A2 higher lower lower 1862 Gt

Climate Layer Map Legend