For this module it is recommended that you take GEMSx006.1 or GEMSx006.6 beforehand or have some understanding of species distribution models and how and why we need them. Knowledge of R, a spreadsheet-based software and effective web browsing skills are a plus.   

Modelling species distribution with the aim of understanding either current or future habitats of a give species requires some input information about the current location of the species to be studied.  Whether a pest or a rare species that need to be conserved, understanding where they are located at the present time gives us important information about where else these species could be found either globally or at any spatial extent. This workshop will teach you how you can source, clean, verify, validate, standardize, and organize species presence or occurrence points so that you can use them as an input for various species distribution models. 

This workshop is part of a 5-module series on species distribution modelling to provide researchers the ability to undertake a spatio-temporal accounting of biotic threats to crops, natural landscapes or the human society. 


  • Species occurrence datasets
  • Sourcing species presence and absence datasets
  • Cleaning species occurrence datasets
  • Standardizing, validation and Curation of species occurrence datasets
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