Connecting ecological science with applied ecosystem restoration

We are partnering to build a digital platform aimed to support on the ground restoration

By conserving and restoring Earth’s ecosystems in ecologically responsible ways, we have the potential to positively impact global biodiversity, climate change and human wellbeing. 

How ?

The Crowther Lab combines ground data from scientists and practitioners around the world with satellite imagery and environmental information to generate global maps that describe ecosystems. Particularly as we enter the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we want to use this scientific process to benefit and learn from the global restoration movement.

Today, we use a Google Earth Engine tool to share:

  1. Site-specific ecological data for any region and ecosystem on land around the world
  2. Scientific info useful for planning and managing restoration projects, like tree restoration potential

We share these insights to help inform ecosystem restoration projects and increase the likelihood of their success. But we also aim to learn from restoration practitioners by feeding field data back into the models to improve them over time.

Tomorrow, we Restor

In 2020, we started working with Google to build and scale this idea into Restor – an open-data platform of ecological insights that aims to enable everyone, everywhere to engage in the global restoration movement.  

When it launches in 2021, Restor will provide enhanced features designed to enable restoration practitioners, land managers and local communities to:

  1. Browse and compare ecological insights
  2. Monitor projects, and
  3. Share information with partners, other restoration organizations, and the public

We’re excited to be working in collaboration with a wide network of restoration practitioners, environmental organizations and scientists who are shaping and helping validate the Restor platform with their knowledge, perspectives and needs.  

Restor will be:

Science based

Latest scientific data and models that improve over time with ground data

Open access

Easy access to ecological information and summaries

Spatially explicit

 Insights summarized at the site-level


Data for any point on land, across all ecosystems

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Are you running an ecosystem restoration project?
Please share your contact details and geo files and we’ll be in touch!
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 20 files.
In order to work with you, we need to understand your local areas. To start our collaboration, please show us where your sites are. You can do this by uploading geo files (polygons) of your locations. We will use this information to generate a specific understanding of your areas and send you ecological summaries. Please zip your files before uploading. Or, you can also send them via email to
Privacy policy

What data is collected?
The Global Ecosystem Ecology Lab (Crowther Lab), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (“ETH Zürich”), aims to collect information about Organisations (e.g. Non-Government Organisations) conducting ecosystem restoration at particular locations around the world.

The form, hosted on, collects the following data about Organisations and users who complete it:
o Name of Organization
o Contact person (first name and last name)
o Email address of contact person
o Whether they are a restoration practitioner, or not.
o Geofile (polygon) of the restoration site(s).
o Type of restoration.
o Timestamps (time completed)
o Approval to be contacted by the Crowther Lab at ETH Zürich

The Organizations provide us with these Data when they complete this voluntary form. For the purposes of this policy we refer only to the Organization name, contact person name, contact person email address as “Personal Data”. All other information is referred to as. “Data”.

How we use the data collected?
We use the Organization name to identify responses relevant to that Organisation. We aim to exchange and explore scientific information with each Organisation about their Project sites. Personal Data will be stored on ETH Zürich servers in Switzerland.

The aggregate number of organisations that have provided approval to be contacted may be communicated publicly without reference to specific organisations.

ETH Zürich will not sell or otherwise share your Personal Data with third parties for their direct marketing purposes. Consent will be requested separately should any third parties not listed in this policy request to access to Data collected from the Survey.

How do we store the data collected?
ETH Zürich immediately and securely stores Personal Data using ETH Zurich servers when Personal Data is entered into the Survey. It is held on ETH Zürich servers in Switzerland. Appropriate technical and organizational security measures are applied to protect data stored against manipulation, partial or complete loss and against unauthorized access by third parties. Personal Data will be kept on the ETH Zürich servers until you request deletion or until the Crowther Lab research group at ETH Zürich ceases to exist.

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We are not using cookies in our form.

What are your data protection rights?
We would like to make sure you are fully aware of your data protection rights. Every user is entitled to the following:

The right to access – You have the right to receive information about the Personal Data processed by us. ETH Zürich shall provide a copy of any Personal Data undergoing processing.
The right to rectification – You have the right to request that ETH Zürich rectify any inaccurate Personal Data. You also have the right to request that we add to or edit any Personal Data should you believe is incomplete.
The right to erasure – You have the right to request that ETH Zürich erase any Personal Data.

Changes to our policy and Contact
These policies are under regular review and will place any updates on this page.

Please feel free to contact us at if you have any questions about our Privacy Policy, or if you would like to exercise one of your data protection rights.

Last updated: October 2020

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