GIS-Based Data Synthesis and Visualization

  • Duccio RocchiniEmail author
  • Carol X. Garzon-Lopez
  • A. Marcia Barbosa
  • Luca Delucchi
  • Jonathan E. Olandi
  • Matteo Marcantonio
  • Lucy Bastin
  • Martin Wegmann


Synthesizing and properly visualizing data in 2D systems is a key issue when aiming at explaining spatial patterns by spatial processes.

In this chapter we address the topics synthesis and visualization in relation to following ecological issues: (1) synthesizing species distribution models relying on virtual species, (2) visualizing spatial uncertainty in species distribution based on cartograms, (3) fuzzy methods to synthesize species distribution uncertainty, (4) remote sensing data synthesis by exploratory analysis and replotting data in new systems, (5) measuring and visualizing ecological diversity from space based on generalized entropy, and (6) neutral landscape for testing ecological theories. We will make use of examples from the free and open source software GRASS GIS and R.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Duccio Rocchini
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Carol X. Garzon-Lopez
    • 4
  • A. Marcia Barbosa
    • 5
  • Luca Delucchi
    • 3
  • Jonathan E. Olandi
    • 3
  • Matteo Marcantonio
    • 6
  • Lucy Bastin
    • 7
    • 8
  • Martin Wegmann
    • 9
  1. 1.Center Agriculture Food EnvironmentUniversity of TrentoS. Michele all’Adige (TN)Italy
  2. 2.Centre for Integrative BiologyUniversity of TrentoPovo (TN)Italy
  3. 3.Department of Biodiversity and Molecular EcologyFondazione Edmund Mach, Research and Innovation CentreSan Michele all’Adige, TrentoItaly
  4. 4.Ecology and Vegetation Physiology Group (EcoFiv)Universidad de los AndesBogotàColombia
  5. 5.Centro de Investigacao em Biodiversidade e Recursos Geneticos (CIBIO), InBIO Research Network in Biodiversity and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of EvoraEvoraPortugal
  6. 6.Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and ImmunologySchool of Veterinary Medicine, University of California DavisDavisUSA
  7. 7.School of Computer Science, Aston UniversityAstonUK
  8. 8.European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate D - Sustainable Resources, School of Computer ScienceAston UniversityAstonUK
  9. 9.Department of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing and Biodiversity Research GroupUniversity of WuerzburgWuerzburgGermany

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