This tool can be used to explore the output of the model of habitat suitability developed by the University of Glasgow.

On the input panel you can provide new layers of environamental variables and generate updated maps under different scenarios of future development.

To begin, click on the 'Generate/Update maps' button. You will generate the habitat suitability map for the study area, together with the potential distribution and the core areas, according to the curret scanario. This is based on the model presented in the report

You can then upload different shapefiles of new key features such as planned industrial areas, residential areas and green spaces, and explore how the habitat suitabiility and the potential distribution vary accordingly. To do this, click on 'Browse...' and upload the shapefiles. You will have to upload all the mandatory files (*.shp, *.shx, *.dbf, etc...) alltogether. Once the upload is complete, click on 'Generate/Update maps' again

Please note that this process can take up to several minutes to complete. Don't worry if you don't see any progress bar (it will be implemented soon); the server is running.

Once the new maps are generated, you can download them on your hard drive.

Full step-by-step instructions can be downloaded here .

To report a bug, or for any question, please contact .

Map of water vole habitat suitability (current scenario)

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Map of water vole habitat suitability (expected scenario)

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This tool has mostly illustrative purpose. The first map of habitat suitability (and potential distribution and core ares) under the current scenario is accurate. However the maps generated after uploading the shapefiles of planned new residential and industrial areas are to be considered as an approximation of the expected scenario. This is due to approximations in the coding generating the predictions, that are necessary to increase the speed of the process and algorithm behind the tool. For a proper and more accurate (and higher resoltion) evaluation of the planned development, please refer to the report by Dominic Mccafferty and Luca Nelli (University of Glasgow). More options that will follow in the next versions:

  • Uploading layers in different GIS formats (GeoJSON, geodatabase...) and zipped folders.
  • Draw polygons of new layers directly on the map.
  • Filtering for small areas in the potential distribution and core areas.
  • Any other suggestion, please contact