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Wallace Initiative 3

Climate change and biodiversity across the world


This tool was developed by a team at JCU's eResearch Centre and uses species occurrence data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and climate data from the Tyndall°Centre for Climate Change Research and the Climatic Research Unit.

The principal researchers and project advisors were (aplhabetically) Dr Erin Graham, Dr Jeff Price, Professor Jeremy VanDerWal and Professor Rachel Warren.

The projects that produced the underlying data used in this tool were funded by World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, UK National Environmental Research Council, UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the EU. The program code used in this version of the tool draws on the code used in CliMAS which was supported by the Department of the Environment through the Natural Resource Management Planning for Climate Change Fund and through engagement with Rangelands, Territory NRM, Southern Gulf Catchments, Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, and NQ Dry Tropics.

This project has built on earlier work supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative, as well as through the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF).

The reports section of this tool draws on the boundaries of the World Wildlife Fund Terrestrial Ecosystems of the World – Olson, D.M., Dinerstein, E., Wikramanayake, E.D., Burgess, N.D., Powell, G.V.N., Underwood, E.C., D'Amico, J.A., Itoua, I., Strand, H.E., Morrison, J.C., Loucks, C.J., Allnutt, T.F., Ricketts, T.H., Kura, Y., Lamoreux, J.F., Wettengel, W.W., Hedao, P., Kassem, K.R. 2001. Terrestrial ecoregions of the world: a new map of life on Earth. Bioscience 51(11):933-938; and on the World Database of Protected Areas - IUCN and UNEP-WCMC (2017), The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) [On-line], [insert month/year of the version downloaded], Cambridge, UK: UNEP-WCMC. Available at:

If you use any of these data in projects please let us know. Should you want to use any of the data in any publication please contact us first. Citation of the data –

The source code for this web tool is available under the Apache licence.