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Useful resources

Open access data & science are my 21st century love story!
Below I share information on great data portals and tools for ecology & conservation!

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Restor - an innovative platform to catalyze action in the global restoration movement

A science-based open data portal where restoration practitioners can enter & exchange data on their restoration projects and connect with each other.

Provides satellite-data based information on forest restoration potential and success!

Aerial View of Forest

Kew Garden Reforestation Conference

I attended the 2020 Kew gardens Reforestation for Biodiversity, Carbon Storage & Livelihoods conference. 
Check out my visual summaries below on the key messages from three productive conference days!

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Mountain ecology

Mountains are hotspots of biodiversity and provide numerous ecosystem services to people across the world.
Check out the mountain portal from the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment which collates knowledge on mountain ecology!

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Google Earth Engine

A planetary-scale data portal and processing engine containing all sorts of satellite imagery, climate models and land use data.

Download, process and model large-scale satellite data using the earth engine JAVA language. All powered by google's cloud service. A number one tool for environmental research these days.

Cactus Field

Functional ecotypes

Biodiversity is not only the diversity of species, but also the multitude of functions and processes in ecosystems. This functional perspective is key to understand how species will respond to climate and global change and to design meaningful conservation interventions!

Check out this magnificent resource by the IUCN providing a categorisation of the Earth's ecosystem types and functional groups.

Aerial View of Deforestation

Monitoring deforestation & forest recovery

Deforestation is one of the most harmful processes of global change, resulting in biodiversity loss, desertification and exacerbating climate change.

Globalforestwatch.org tracks deforestation across the world by using satellite data in a very clever way! They also provide data on biodiversity and climate - all satellite and big data-base derived!

Check it out!