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Bio-ORACLE: a global environmental dataset for marine species distribution modelling

Lennert Tyberghein UGent, Heroen Verbruggen UGent, Klaas Pauly UGent, Charles Troupin, Frederic Mineur and Olivier De Clerck UGent (2012) GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY. 21(2). p.272-281
abstract
Aim: The oceans harbour a great diversity of organisms whose distribution and ecological preferences are often poorly understood. Species distribution modelling (SDM) could improve our knowledge and inform marine ecosystem management and conservation. Although marine environmental data are available from various sources, there are currently no user-friendly, high-resolution global datasets designed for SDM applications. This study aims to fill this gap by assembling a comprehensive, uniform, high-resolution and readily usable package of global environmental rasters. Location Global, marine. Methods: We compiled global coverage data, e.g. satellite-based and in situ measured data, representing various aspects of the marine environment relevant for species distributions. Rasters were assembled at a resolution of 5 arcmin (c. 9.2 km) and a uniform landmask was applied. The utility of the dataset was evaluated by maximum entropy SDM of the invasive seaweed Codium fragile ssp. fragile. Results: We present Bio-ORACLE (ocean rasters for analysis of climate and environment), a global dataset consisting of 23 geophysical, biotic and climate rasters. This user-friendly data package for marine species distribution modelling is available for download at http://www.bio-oracle.ugent.be. The high predictive power of the distribution model of C. fragile ssp. fragile clearly illustrates the potential of the data package for SDM of shallow-water marine organisms. Main conclusions: The availability of this global environmental data package has the potential to stimulatemarine SDM. The high predictive success of the presence-only model of a notorious invasive seaweed shows that the information contained in Bio-ORACLE can be informative about marine distributions and permits building highly accurate species distribution models.
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Codium fragile, global, Bio-ORACLE, species distribution modelling, marine, macroecology, oceanography, ecological niche modelling, environmental data, HABITAT DISTRIBUTION, MEDITERRANEAN SEA, PREDICTION, RADIATION, SPACE, SUITABILITY, TIME, BIODIVERSITY, ULTRAVIOLET, SENSITIVITY
journal title
GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY
Glob. Ecol. Biogeogr.
volume
21
issue
2
pages
272 - 281
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000298912900016
JCR category
GEOGRAPHY, PHYSICAL
JCR impact factor
7.223 (2012)
JCR rank
1/45 (2012)
JCR quartile
1 (2012)
ISSN
1466-822X
DOI
10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00656.x
language
English
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yes
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A1
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1246520
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1246520
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2011-05-29 20:24:33
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2012-05-03 15:25:55
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  abstract     = {Aim: The oceans harbour a great diversity of organisms whose distribution and ecological preferences are often poorly understood. Species distribution modelling (SDM) could improve our knowledge and inform marine ecosystem management and conservation. Although marine environmental data are available from various sources, there are currently no user-friendly, high-resolution global datasets designed for SDM applications. This study aims to \unmatched{fb01}ll this gap by assembling a comprehensive, uniform, high-resolution and readily usable package of global environmental rasters.
Location Global, marine.
Methods: We compiled global coverage data, e.g. satellite-based and in situ measured data, representing various aspects of the marine environment relevant for species distributions. Rasters were assembled at a resolution of 5 arcmin (c. 9.2 km) and a uniform landmask was applied. The utility of the dataset was evaluated by maximum entropy SDM of the invasive seaweed Codium fragile ssp. fragile.
Results: We present Bio-ORACLE (ocean rasters for analysis of climate and environment), a global dataset consisting of 23 geophysical, biotic and climate rasters. This user-friendly data package for marine species distribution modelling is available for download at http://www.bio-oracle.ugent.be. The high predictive power of the distribution model of C. fragile ssp. fragile clearly illustrates the potential of the data package for SDM of shallow-water marine organisms. 
Main conclusions: The availability of this global environmental data package has the potential to stimulatemarine SDM. The high predictive success of the presence-only model of a notorious invasive seaweed shows that the information contained in Bio-ORACLE can be informative about marine distributions and permits building highly accurate species distribution models.},
  author       = {Tyberghein, Lennert and Verbruggen, Heroen and Pauly, Klaas and Troupin, Charles and Mineur, Frederic and De Clerck, Olivier},
  issn         = {1466-822X},
  journal      = {GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY},
  keyword      = {Codium fragile,global,Bio-ORACLE,species distribution modelling,marine,macroecology,oceanography,ecological niche modelling,environmental data,HABITAT DISTRIBUTION,MEDITERRANEAN SEA,PREDICTION,RADIATION,SPACE,SUITABILITY,TIME,BIODIVERSITY,ULTRAVIOLET,SENSITIVITY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {272--281},
  title        = {Bio-ORACLE: a global environmental dataset for marine species distribution modelling},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-8238.2011.00656.x},
  volume       = {21},
  year         = {2012},
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Chicago
Tyberghein, Lennert, Heroen Verbruggen, Klaas Pauly, Charles Troupin, Frederic Mineur, and Olivier De Clerck. 2012. “Bio-ORACLE: a Global Environmental Dataset for Marine Species Distribution Modelling.” Global Ecology and Biogeography 21 (2): 272–281.
APA
Tyberghein, L., Verbruggen, H., Pauly, K., Troupin, C., Mineur, F., & De Clerck, O. (2012). Bio-ORACLE: a global environmental dataset for marine species distribution modelling. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY, 21(2), 272–281.
Vancouver
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Tyberghein L, Verbruggen H, Pauly K, Troupin C, Mineur F, De Clerck O. Bio-ORACLE: a global environmental dataset for marine species distribution modelling. GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY. 2012;21(2):272–81.
MLA
Tyberghein, Lennert, Heroen Verbruggen, Klaas Pauly, et al. “Bio-ORACLE: a Global Environmental Dataset for Marine Species Distribution Modelling.” GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY 21.2 (2012): 272–281. Print.