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CLIMEX course

Madrid, ES, 2008-10-13/16, and 2008-10-20/23

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia (CSIRO),
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO),
Consejo Superior De Investigationes Cientificas (CSIC)


CLIMEX is a software package for exploring the relationship between organisms and their climatic environment. CLIMEX models are widely used in the fields of biosecurity, biological control, pest management and ecology. Climatic prediction is essential in order to map endangered areas and, for many years. As part of its Pest Risk Analysis training programme, EPPO has promoted the organisation of a training course on CLIMEX.

In this introductory course, students will be taught the theory behind CLIMEX modelling, covering areas such as climate matching, inferential modelling and species response functions. Students will be trained for 4 days on their own laptops and will use practical tutorials to learn how to fit species distribution models, and will be expected to fit a model to a species of their choice as a case study. At the end of the course students should have an advanced model for their case study species. The case study will involve some literature review and web searching preparation before the course.

Registration is now closed but students can find below practical information about the CLIMEX course.


Example of a CLIMEX map

CLIMEX map for Echhornia crassipes (water hyacinth)



There will be two courses, each of four days duration:
        - 1st course: 13 to 16 October 2008
        - 2nd course: 20 to 23 October 2008



The training will take place at:
“Sala de Juntas”,
Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales de Madrid
C/Jose Gutierrez Abascal 2
28006 Madrid, Spain

Getting to the Museum:
If you come by plane, you can take a taxi from the airport (between 20-30 euros depending on traffic) or take the metro direct to “Nuevos Ministerios” (ca. 1.5 euros). From there you can walk to the Museum (5 min).
See map here:

If you come by train you will probably stop at “Chamartin” station. From there, take a taxi to the Museum/hotel, or the metro, or the “cercanias” train to “Nuevos Ministerios”. From there you can walk to the Museum (5 min).
The Museum is between the "Gregorio Marañon" metro station line 10 and "Nuevos Ministerios" metro station line 8. Download a metro map.



Students will book their own accommodation. Residencia de Estudiantes is the one we recommend, but it is necessary to book well in advance:

Residencia de Estudiantes (in the CSIC campus) Pinar, 21-23, 28006 Madrid (Spain) Tel.+34.91.5613200
Indication of price: 60 Euros.
NOTE: already full for the fisrt training period 13/16 October.


Aparthotel Recoletos, Madrid Spain
28001 Madrid
Closest Metro: Colón or walk 5 minutes to Alonso Martinez which is one stop to Gregorio Marañon. There is a bus (nº27) which leaves you in front of the museum
Prices: 79€ per person/night in an individual studio

If you wish to share an apartment: Aparthotel Quo Eraso *** -Madrid, Spain
Closest metro: Diego de Leon (4 stops to Nuevos Ministerios)
Tel.+34. 91.355.32.00
Fax.+34. 91.355.66.52
- Aparthotel for 2 people: Standard (75 € without 7% IVA) and Superior (95€ without 7% IVA)
- Aparthotel for 3 people: Standard (107 € without 7% IVA) and Superior (127€ without 7% IVA)


NH Zurbano
Zurbano, 79-81, 28003 Madrid (Spain)
Situado en el Eje del Paseo de la Castellana y Jose Abascal
The hotel is situated just in front the place of the training.
Price:  rooms that can be shared (double room 145€ without IVA per night).


Hotel El Madroño
General Díaz Porlier, 101, 28006 Madrid (Spain)
Indication of price: from 110 Euros, breakfast included.


ABBA Madrid
Avda. America 32 – 28043 Madrid, (Spain)
Indication of price: around 140 Euros.


Hesperia Emperatriz
López de Hoyos, 4, 28006 Madrid Madrid (Spain)
Fax: (+34) 91 563 98 04
Indication of price: from 130 Euros (breakfast non included).

Further information about hotels in Madrid can be found at:



Dr Darren Kriticos will be the primary course tutor. He is a long-time CLIMEX user and a co-author of the latest CLIMEX user manual. He is an ecological modeller who leads the CSIRO Forest Biosecurity & Protection Group. Darren has built and published a wide variety of CLIMEX models for insects, weeds and pathogens. His current research interests lie in climate change research, developing new methods for modelling the climatic range of species, applications in biological control, using CLIMEX to estimate economic impacts of pests and new methods for assessing the goodness of fit of models of species with expanding ranges. His research group has developed climate change scenario datasets for use in CLIMEX, and he sponsored the development of the region-matching model in CLIMEX.


Selected Bibliography

Kriticos, D. J., Potter, K. J., Alexander, N., Gibb, A. R. & Suckling, D. M. (2007) Using a pheromone lure survey to establish the native and potential distribution of an invasive Lepidopteran, Uraba lugens. Journal of Applied Ecology, 44, 853-863.

Kriticos, D. J. & Randall, R. P. (2001) A comparison of systems to analyse potential weed distributions. Weed Risk Assessment (ed. by R.H. Groves, F.D. Panetta and J.G. Virtue), pp. 61-79. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia.

Kriticos, D. J., Stephens, A. E. A. & Leriche, A. (2007) Effect of climate change on Oriental fruit fly in New Zealand and the Pacific. New Zealand Plant Protection, 60, 271-278.

Kriticos, D. J., Sutherst, R. W., Brown, J. R., Adkins, S. A. & Maywald, G. F. (2003a) Climate change and biotic invasions:  A case history of a tropical woody vine. Biological Invasions, 5, 145-165.

Kriticos, D. J., Sutherst, R. W., Brown, J. R., Adkins, S. A. & Maywald, G. F. (2003b) Climate change and the potential distribution of an invasive alien plant:  Acacia nilotica ssp. indica in Australia. Journal of Applied Ecology, 40, 111-124.

Kriticos, D. J., Watt, M. S., Potter, K. J. B. & Leriche, A. (submitted) Predicting growth rates of invasive alien plant species using a climatic habitat suitability model. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Maywald, G. F., Kriticos, D. J., Sutherst, R. W.  & Bottomley, W. (2004) Dymex Model Builder: User's Guide. Hearne Publishing, Melbourne.

Potter, K. J. B., Kriticos, D. J., Watt, M. S. & Leriche, A. (submitted) The potential distribution of Scotch broom, Cytisus scoparius (L) Link: a weed of commercial forestry, pastoral systems and natural ecosystems. Weed Research.

Ramsfield, T.D., Kriticos, D.J. & Alcaraz, S.A. (2007) CLIMEX region-matching to estimate the potential range of western gall rust. Proceedings of the IUFRO Rusts of Forest Trees conference.

Robertson, M. P., Kriticos, D. J. & Zachariades, C. (submitted) Climate matching techniques to narrow the search for biological control agents. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Stephens, A. E. A., Kriticos, D. J. & Leriche, A. (2007) The current and future potential geographic distribution of the Oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis, (Diptera: Tephritidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research, 97, 369-378.

Sutherst, R. W., Baker, R. H. A., Coakley, S. M. , Harrington R., Kriticos, D. J. & Scherm, H. (2007) Pests Under Global Change - Meeting Your Future Landlords? Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World (ed. by J.G. Canadell , D.E. Pataki and L.F. Pitelka), pp. 211-223. Springer, Berlin Heidelberg New York.

Wharton, T. N. & Kriticos, D. J. (2004) The fundamental and realised niche of the Monterey pine aphid, Essigella californica (Essig) (Hemiptera: Aphididae): implications for managing softwood plantations in Australia. Diversity and Distributions, 10, 253-262.

Yonow, T., Kriticos, D. J. & Medd, R. W. (2004) The potential geographic range of Pyrenophora semeniperda. Phytopathology, 94, 805-812.


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