Using the Model-Driven Architecture Approach for Geospatial Databases Design of Ecological Niches and Potential Distributions

  • Gerardo José Zárate
  • Jugurta Lisboa-Filho
  • Carlos Frankl Sperber
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8823)


An ecological niche is defined by an array of biotic and abiotic requirements that allow organisms to survive and reproduce in a geographic area. Environmental data from a region can be used to predict the potential distribution of a species in a different region. Potential geographic distributions are useful in predicting the extent of invasive species, preventing economic and ecological damages. Many formalisms for modeling geospatial information have been developed over the years. The most notable benefit of these formalisms is their focus on a high-level abstraction of reality, leaving unnecessary details behind. This paper presents the stages of the Model-Driven Architecture approach for the design of database, with geospatial capabilities, for niches and potential geographic distributions. We take advantage of the UML GeoProfile formalism for geospatial databases, which is capable of modeling geographic and environmental data.


Geospatial database modeling MDA Potential Geographic Distributions Ecological Niche 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerardo José Zárate
    • 1
  • Jugurta Lisboa-Filho
    • 1
  • Carlos Frankl Sperber
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de InformáticaUniversidade Federal de ViçosaViçosaBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Biologia GeralUniversidade Federal de ViçosaViçosaBrazil

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