OLM 5.2. Correlative distribution models
Characterisation of the geographical distribution of species by climatic, geomorphological and biotic data provide opportunity to deduce ecological tolerance ranges for species (Ch5.2.2, p.84) and to predict expected changes in these distributions (Ch5.2.1, p.77). Besides the advantage of having huge on-line databases that can support this type of analysis there is quite a number of pitfalls that have to be taken into consideration at the interpretation of the results. We discuss some of them in this OLM.