Institution/Author: JONES, P.G.; GLADKOV, A.
Price Colombia (in pesos): $100000
Scientific Contact: GIS Communications
Distribution Contact: Liliana Rojas
FloraMap is a software tool for predicting the distribution of plants and other organisms in the wild. The program makes precise, detailed maps that eliminate much of the guesswork from the slow, expensive process of finding and recovering wild species. It takes the absolute minimal data available from germplasm passport data, just latitude and longitude of the collecting site. Elevation is useful if it is available, but the program can fill this in if necessary. The collection sites form a calibration set to construct a climate model. This model is then mapped as a probability surface throughout the world. A cluster algorithm is included in the package to investigate the possibility of subsections of the calibration set having different climatic adaptation. This has proved its worth in the analyses of a number of important species. FloraMap is now into its third edition with more than 500 active users worldwide. It has been used not only on plants, but also on insects, birds, bats, and even freshwater fish. Manual, 102 p. 16 x 22 cm + CD-ROM.
Keywords: Computer software; Plants; Geographical distribution; Geographical information systems