Ecological niche modeling integrates known sites of occurrence of species or phenomena with data
on environmental variation across landscapes to infer environmental spaces potentially inhabited (i.e., the
ecological niche) to generate predictive maps of potential distributions in geographic space. Key inputs to this
process include raster data layers characterizing spatial variation in environmental parameters, such as vegetation
indices from remotely sensed satellite imagery. The extent to which ecological niche models reflect real-world
distributions depends on a number of factors, but an obvious concern is the quality and content of the
environmental data layers.
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