Finlands Akademi
Sökande / Kontakt person Vanhatalo, Jarno
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Multivariate Gaussian processes for hierarchical modelling of species distributions
Beslutnr 317255
Beslutsdatum 18.06.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Finansiering 450 732
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Beskrivning av projektet
Species distribution models describe the dependences between a species and their environment. They are a key part in ecologists' toolbox, for example, to study species habitat preferences, to manage conservation areas and natural resources and to predict effects of climate change. Currently, the state-of-the-art SDMs are joint species distribution models (JSDMs). This research proposal will be in the forefront of that development by developing semiparametric JSDMs. A widely accepted significant deficiency in (J)SDMs is that they are restricted to analyzing survey data only. This can significantly decrease their reliability in predictions concerning changing environment since surveys typically do not cover the whole covariate space of interest. Hence, we will develop methods to combine complementary sources of information in JSDMs to obtain better data coverage of the covariate space where predictions are made. Moreover, we will develop free software to be distributed to applied users