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.
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:
- Site-specific ecological data for any region and ecosystem on land around the world
- 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:
- Browse and compare ecological insights
- Monitor projects, and
- 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:
Latest scientific data and models that improve over time with ground data
Easy access to ecological information and summaries
Insights summarized at the site-level
Data for any point on land, across all ecosystems
Restor is supported by our Friends & Partners, including Google, the Gantner Family and the Wietlisbach Foundation.