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Climate matching with the climatchR R package

September 11, 2022

Climate matching allows comparisons of climatic conditions between different locations to understand location and species range climatic suitability. The approach may be used as part of horizon scanning exercises such as those conducted for invasive species. We implemented the CLIMATCH algorithm into an R package, climatchR. The package allows automated and scripted climate matching exercises across all steps from downloading data to summarizing species climate matches. We also show how climatchR may be used with high-throughput computing to process many species. For example, we were able to calculate climate scores for over 8,000 species in less than 3 days using this package. This automation allows high-throughput processing of species data, a new development for improving the efficiency and speed of climate matching and horizon scanning.

Publication Year 2022
Title Climate matching with the climatchR R package
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2022.105510
Authors Richard A. Erickson, Peder S Engelstad, Catherine S. Jarnevich, Helen Sofaer, Wesley M. Daniel
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Environmental Software & Modeling
Index ID 70243031
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center; Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center; Wetland and Aquatic Research Center