International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557


An overview of different modeling approaches to prediction of the likely effects of climate change on range shifts of species

Parinaz Rashidi1*, Abdullah Ahmad Makmom1, Abdolrassoul Salman Mahiny2, Hossein Varasteh Moradi2, Ramli Mohammad Firuz1, Jamil Amanollahi1, Alireza Mickaeili Tabrizi2 and Hamidreza Shahbazi2
  1Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Putra, Malaysia. 2Faculty of Fishery and Environment, University of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences, Golestan, Gorgan, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 17 February 2012
  •  Published: 16 March 2012



Climate change may have noticeable impacts on global biodiversity and can be considered as a huge long-term threat to species survival. To assess the extinction risk of wildlife species and in spatial planning approaches for conservation strategies, it is essential to predict how species respond to climate changes via shift in geographic range. The prediction of species responses to climate change can be done using alternative modeling approaches. This paper provides an overview of five climate-envelope models and their relative benefit to climate change studies. 


Key words: Climate changes, biodiversity, modeling approaches, climate-envelope models, geographical range.