E-Clic – easy climate data converter

Authors

  • Pedro Tarroso,

  • Hugo Rebelo


P. Tarroso (ptarroso@mail.icav.up.pt), CIBIO/UP-Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, PT-4485–661 Vairão, Portugal, and Equipe Paléoenvironnements et Paléoclimats, Inst. des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier, UMR 5554, Univ. Montpellier 2, Bat.22, CC061, Pl. Eugène Bataillon, FR-34095 Montpellier cedex 5, France. – H. Rebelo, School of Biological Sciences, Univ. of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UG, UK, and CIBIO/UP-Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, PT-4485–661 Vairão, Portugal.

Abstract

There are an increasing number of studies that are now focussing on the influence of climate change on species’ distributions. However, access to predictive climatic datasets for future scenarios is difficult due to their specific formats and/or the need to be geographically downscaled. The TYN dataset is freely available to users and provides a synthetic format with several climatic models and IPCC future climate scenarios. Moreover, the CRU historical dataset (1901–2000) is also available which allows users to create baseline models for current climatic variables. E-clic is a free, user-friendly software package that offers three different ways to convert these two datasets into a spatially explicit raster format which is compatible with the most common geographic information systems and usable on different platforms.

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