What is GLOBIO?

GLOBIO is a modelling framework to calculate the impact of environmental drivers on biodiversity for past, present and future.

Gualala river, USA. Photo Herman Turnip
Gualala river meeting the sea (California, USA). Photo: Herman Turnip

GLOBIO is based on cause-effect relationships, derived from the literature. To use GLOBIO no detailed species data are needed. Instead, the model uses spatial information on environmental drivers as input. This input is mainly derived from the Integrated Model to Assess the Global Environment (IMAGE).

Terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity

The GLOBIO modelling framework consists of a model for terrestrial ecosystems and a model for the freshwater environment. The Sea Around Us Project of the University of British Colombia (UBC) has developed a similar model for marine ecosystems: EcoOcean.