Quality of results

The global biodiversity model GLOBIO has a sound scientific basis and is continuously exposed to scientific scrutiny. The cause-effect relationships, which form the core of GLOBIO, are based on nearly 200 peer-reviewed references.

In 2005 a review panel of international scientists, lead by prof. dr. Rik Leemans (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands), concluded that the GLOBIO approach is scientifically sound and fit for its purpose.

In 2009 the GLOBIO modelling framework was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Ecosystems.

How to interpret and judge GLOBIO results

Like all models, being abstractions of reality, also the GLOBIO model has its limitations. First of all: GLOBIO output maps and graphs on the status and trends of biodiversity should not be seen as absolute values, but rather be interpreted in a relative way. This means: comparing baseline scenarios and policy response options, comparing regions or tracking change over time.

Furthermore, when judging the quality and validity of GLOBIO modelling results, the following aspects should be taken into account: