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CLIMEX course

Angers, FR, 2010-03-15/18

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Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia (CSIRO),
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO),
Laboratoire national de la protection des végétaux Station d'Angers (LNPV)


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.

Example of a CLIMEX map
CLIMEX map for Echhornia crassipes
(water hyacinth)

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.


Download a pre-registration form and return it to the EPPO Secretariat before 2010-02-26

Note that the course can only be organized if 7 students pre-register.



The training course lasts 4 days and will be organized from the 15 until the 18 of March 2010.



LNPVThe training course will take place at:

Laboratoire national de la protection des végétaux Station d'Angers
7 rue Jean Dixméras
FR - 49044 ANGERS Cedex 01



AngersStudents will book their own accommodation.

The recommended hotel is:
34, avenue Denis Papin
49100 Angers
Tel : 02 41 25 78 78
Fax: 02 41 25 78 79



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 Bioeconomics and Risk Team in CSIRO. 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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