Modelling at your fingertips

Your complete biodiversity and climate impact modelling platform

High performance computing from your laptop

Access and visualise a large set of biological, environmental, and climate (including future scenario) datasets and concurrently run statistical analyses on your data without burdening your personal computer.

Climate Data Layers

Environmental Data Layers

Average model runtime (sec)

Species Distribution from today to 2100

In the BCCVL, we do all the coding for you! You work your way through a user friendly-click-able interface to run Species Distribution Models and you can then take your results and put them into a Climate Change Projection experiment to see how climate will influence your chosen species.




Occurrence Data: Atlas of Living Australia

Climate Data: Aust. Climate 1976 – 2005, 1km

Algorithm: Random Forest

Emission Scenario: RCP8.5

Climate Model: CSIRO Mark III

Emission Scenario: RCP8.5

Climate Model: CSIRO Mark III

Choose from six experiment types

Run a Species Distribution Model, Multispecies Distribution Model, Species Trait Model, Climate Change Projection, Biodiverse Analyses and/or an Ensemble Analyses in an easy-to-use , cloud-based, point and click interface!

Primary Experiments

Species Distribution Model

Species Distribution Model

Used to investigate the potential distribution of a species under current climatic and/or environmental conditions.

Multispecies Distribution Model

Used to investigate the potential distribution of multiple species under current climatic conditions.

Species Trait Model

Currently under development. Used to model species distribution as a response to both traits and environmental variables.

Secondary Experiments

Climate Change Projection

Used to investigate the distribution of a species under potential future climatic conditions.

Biodiverse Analysis

Used to compute indices of biodiversity, such as community richness, endemism and rarity.

Ensemble Analysis

Used to reduce the uncertainty of using the single-model, or single-emissions-scenario approach.

Core Features

Modelling and Analysis

Generate and examine models for Species and Multi-species Distributions, Species Traits, Climate Change Projections, Biodiverse Experiments and perform Ensemble Analyses

Data Access

Easily access and use Species Occurrence and Species Trait datasets, Current and Future Climate datasets, and a range of other Environmental datasets.

Integrated Training

Dedicated support site and online open training platform allows extended training to BCCVL users. Includes a 10-module course on Species Distribution Models and a dedicated user support site full of knowledge articles.

Data Ready To Go!

Live access to species occurrence records platforms like the ALA and GBIF as well as access to thousands of environmental data layers! All data in the BCCVL can be visualised and used in analyses and models at the click of a button.

Who’s it for?


With a full range of species and climate impact experiments the BCCVL offers researchers access to data, experiments, advanced configuration options and all new in-depth experiment outputs allowing users to fully investigate model outputs


Our experiments provide distributions maps for iconic species, identify hotspots of biodiversity and investigate the impacts of climate change. The perfect tool for Local Government Authorities or Natural Resource Management groups


The BCCVL is a great teaching tool! It allows students to learn about the ecological theory of modelling without getting bogged down in the data formatting and code

Workshop Program

The BCCVL is proud to offer integrated workshops suitable for a range of participants!


Undergraduate Workshops



Academic Workshops



Industry Groups


BCCVL provides user-friendly access to an effective range of ecological modelling tools with biological data from the Atlas of Living Australia and the Global Biodiversity Information facility. BCCVL is an excellent demonstration of an analytical application environment that can make excellent use of aggregated biological and environmental data.

Mr Lee Belbin

Atlas of Living Australia

BCCVL is a boon for ecologists wanting to undertake ecological modelling, but lacking ready access to their own team of database, GIS and modelling professionals. As a statistician who advises such end-users, I am excited! My clients will be able to think more carefully about what they are doing, and less about how to deal with the technology to make it happen.

Associate Professor Sama Low-Choy

Griffith University

The BCCVL takes out nearly all the technical drudgery users are commonly faced with when running species distribution models.  With its easy to use interface, accessible from anywhere, it opens the field to a whole new array of researchers who understand the systems they are working on, but do not have the technical skill-sets or hardware to properly answer their questions.

Associate Professor Shawn Laffan

University of NSW