Articles | Volume 16, issue 23
Model description paper
29 Nov 2023
Model description paper |  | 29 Nov 2023

AdaScape 1.0: a coupled modelling tool to investigate the links between tectonics, climate, and biodiversity

Esteban Acevedo-Trejos, Jean Braun, Katherine Kravitz, N. Alexia Raharinirina, and Benoît Bovy

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The interplay of tectonics and climate influences the evolution of life and the patterns of biodiversity we observe on earth's surface. Here we present an adaptive speciation component coupled with a landscape evolution model that captures the essential earth-surface, ecological, and evolutionary processes that lead to the diversification of taxa. We can illustrate with our tool how life and landforms co-evolve to produce distinct biodiversity patterns on geological timescales.