Effects of alternative sets of climatic predictors on species distribution models and associated estimates of extinction risk: a test with plants in an arid environment

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Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
Effects of alternative sets of climatic predictors on species distribution models and associated estimates of extinction risk: a test with plants in an arid environment
Journal
Ecological Modelling
Author(s)
Pliscoff P., Luebert F., Hilger H.H., Guisan A.
ISSN
1872-7026 (electronic)
ISSN-L
0304-3800
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2014
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
288
Pages
166-177
Language
english
Abstract
Aim
To evaluate the effects of using distinct alternative sets of climatic predictor variables on the performance, spatial predictions and future projections of species distribution models (SDMs) for rare plants in an arid environment. .
Location
Atacama and Peruvian Deserts, South America (18º30'S - 31º30'S, 0 - 3 000 m)
Methods
We modelled the present and future potential distributions of 13 species of Heliotropium sect. Cochranea, a plant group with a centre of diversity in the Atacama Desert. We developed and applied a sequential procedure, starting from climate monthly variables, to derive six alternative sets of climatic predictor variables. We used them to fit models with eight modelling techniques within an ensemble forecasting framework, and derived climate change projections for each of them. We evaluated the effects of using these alternative sets of predictor variables on performance, spatial predictions and projections of SDMs using Generalised Linear Mixed Models (GLMM).
Results
The use of distinct sets of climatic predictor variables did not have a significant effect on overall metrics of model performance, but had significant effects on present and future spatial predictions.
Main conclusion
Using different sets of climatic predictors can yield the same model fits but different spatial predictions of current and future species distributions. This represents a new form of uncertainty in model-based estimates of extinction risk that may need to be better acknowledged and quantified in future SDM studies.
Keywords
Atacama Desert, BIOMOD, Heliotropium, Extinction Risk, Climate Change
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