Deutsch: Distribution / Español: Distribución / Português: Distribuição / Français: Distribution / Italiano: Distribuzione

A Distribution is the concentration of an element at a point over time, over an area, or within a volume; a probability function (density function, mass function, distribution function) used to describe a set of observations (statistical sample) or a population from which the observations are generated.


Distribution in the environment refers to the way in which different organisms are spread out across a particular area or ecosystem. It involves studying the patterns of distribution and understanding the factors that influence these patterns. Distribution can vary depending on the species and the environment, with some organisms being widespread while others are more localized. It plays a crucial role in ecology by determining the interactions between species and their impact on the ecosystem as a whole.

Application Areas

  • Conservation biology
  • Invasive species management
  • Habitat restoration
  • Biodiversity assessment
  • Environmental impact assessments

Treatment and Risks

  • Control measures for invasive species
  • Habitat restoration and conservation efforts
  • Monitoring and management of endangered species
  • Risks of habitat fragmentation and loss
  • Increased competition between species


  • The distribution of plants in a rainforest ecosystem
  • The spread of invasive species in a lake ecosystem
  • The habitat range of a rare species of bird
  • The distribution of different types of coral on a reef

Similar Concepts and Synonyms

  • Spatial distribution
  • Range distribution
  • Dispersion in ecology
  • Biogeographic distribution

Articles with 'Distribution' in the title

  • Cumulative distribution: Cumulative distribution: A cumulative distribution is a means of representing the variation of some attribute by giving running totals of the resource with attribute values less than or equal to a specified series of values
  • Distribution Center (DC): A Distribution Center (DC) is Distribution centers store and sort goods using warehouse space so that full truckloads of merchandise can be sent to a single destination or to multiple destinations along a specific route



Distribution in the environment is a critical aspect of ecology, determining the spatial patterns of organisms and their interactions within ecosystems. Studying distribution allows scientists to understand the complexities of biodiversity, conservation, and ecosystem function.


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