The OpenModeller project aims to provide a flexible, user friendly, cross-platform environment where the entire process of conducting a fundamental niche modeling experiment can be carried out. The software includes facilities for reading species occurrence and environmental data, selection of environmental layers on which the model should be based, creating a fundamental niche model and projecting the model into an environmental scenario. A number of fundamental niche modeling algorithms are provided as plug-ins, including GARP, Climate Space Model, Bioclimatic Envelopes, and others.


FloraMap is a software linked to agroclimatic and other databases able to showing the most likely distribution of wild species in nature.


A commercial package that enables to asses the risk of pest establishing in a new location and the potential success or failure of a biological control agent from the current locations.


JUICE Determine species response curves on environmental gradients, allowing the determination of species optimum and also niche width (tolerance), and identifying species as generalist or specialist.


WhyWhere is another modeling software similar to GARP that can detect strong associations with virtually any distribution type because it does not require assumptions about the form of the distributions such as gaussian, sigmoidal, exponential, etc, as an input.


HyperNiche is a software for nonparametric regression, providing a flexible tool for multiplicative habitat modelling, habitat models where the predictors are combined multiplicatively rather than additively.


GPSBabel is a converter program aimed at GPS systems. It can convert files to and from a large number of free and proprietary formats, such as KML (Google Earth) , csv, GPX, ...

deegree - Free Software for Spatial Data Infrastructures

deegree is a Java Framework offering the main building blocks for Spatial Data Infrastructures. Its entire architecture is developed using standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).


SAGA – System for Automated Geoscientific 


SEXTANTE is the GIS system developed by the government of Extremadura, for satisfying its own needs and continuing the line of technological advance that has been followed in the last years. You can visit it here :


gvSIG is a tool oriented to manage geographic information. It is characterized by a user-friendly interface, with a quick access to the most usual raster and vector formats. In the same view it includes local as well as remote data through a WMS, WCS or WFS source. 

Quantum GIS

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) that runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats. QGIS is licensed under the GNU General Public License.


DesktopGarp is a software package for biodiversity and ecologic research that allows the user to predict and analyze species distributions. GARP tries, interactively, to find non-random correlations between the presence and absence of the species and the values of the environmental parameters, using several types of rules. Each rule type implements a different method for building species prediction models. GARP as input takes enivonmental data and species occurrence localities. It generates random absence data.


Maxent is a free software based on the maximum-entropy approach for species habitat modeling. This software takes as input a set of layers or environmental variables (such as elevation, precipitation, etc.) and produces a model of the range of the given species. It uses species georeferenced occurrence locations ( presence-only data) which makes it very useful for taxonomists.




MorphoBank is a web application for conducting phylogenetics or cladistics research on morphology. It enables teams of scientists who use anatomy to study the Tree of Life (phylogeny) to work over the web - in real time - and to do research they could not easily do using desktop programs alone. MorphoBank displays - over the web - dynamic phylogenetic matrices of morphological characters with labeled images demonstrating homology statements, and implements the data editing functions of widely used desktop programs (e.g., Mesquite, Nexus Data Editor) over the web in a password protected environment. It is an environment for virtual collaboration by teams of researchers building phylogenetic matrices with affiliated image data.

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