Here you find links to sources for data, imagery, and tools


ESPAÑOL: Manual de Biomímesis  

ESPAÑOL: GVSIG Asociación – Red de geomática libre

ESPAÑOL: Sistema Nacional de Monitoreo de Cobertura y Uso de la Tierra y Ecosistema – Seguimiento sobre el estado y los cambios de los recursos naturales, agropecuarios y biodiversidad de Costa Rica

African Development Bank – Knowledge | Data portal

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation Knowledge Platform – a new generation of methodologies to assess and address climate risk and other uncertainties in water resources management.

APSIM – Platform for modelling and simulation of agricultural systems

Asian Development Bank Data and Statistics | Data library

Atlas of macroscopic wood identification – For more details about the new Atlas of Macroscopic Wood Identification: The atlas comes with an identification key, that can be downloaded at

BIFA: Biodiversity Information Fund for Asia

Borneo Atlas – Tool tracks development as-it-happens

Building Resilience Index – Develop risk index for a project


CGIAR Big Data – Powering agricultural development and research

Carbon Offset Guide

Cities 4 Forests toolbox

Climate Ready Hongkong – Low Carbon Living Calculator

Development Bank of Latin America (English, Spanish, Portuguese) Data | Research

Version 4.0 of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) Explorer 

Drought Toolbox

Earthcam – Encouraging exploration, foster discovery and connect people through innovative live camera technology

Earth Wind map


ESA Vegetation Classification Panel – Databases and tools.

ESRI – Pioneer problem solving with GIS

Ethical Corporation

EU FLEGT Trade Dashboard – data on EU imports of timber, paper and pulp

European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts  (ECMWF) -Advancing global numerical weather predictions through international collaboration.

European Space Agency

Figshare – Opening scientific data to the world 

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) – Statistics |, Explore data

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Forestry statistics /

Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Yearbook of Forest Products

FGEO – new ForestGEO R package | Search the functions in fgeo here

Forest GEONet – Explore data from 30 of ForestGEO’s 71 sites

Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) Carbon Storage Calculator

Forest Observation System (FOS) – building a global reference dataset for remote sensing of forest biomass

Geo-Python – course teaches the basic concepts of programming using the Python programming language for GIS

GitHub Gist

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

GlobeDrought – Web-based information system for comprehensively characterizing drought events.

Global Forest Watch (GFW) MapBuilder -A tool allowint users to create custom maps and overlay their own data with datasets available through GFW

Global Forest Watch Pro Platform – Securely manage deforestation risk in commodity supply chains  

Global Solar Atlas,8.173828,3

Global Wind Atlas

Index Xylariorum 4.1 Global Timber Tracking Network – Portal to international hydrology and water resources

iNaturalist – Share your observations

Inter-American Development Bank – Data (English, Spanish) | Code for Development

Internet of Trees – Monitor forests. Detect fires

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (Various languages) – Data | Data Distribution Center

International Monetary Fund – Data

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – data on the production and the trade of primary wood products

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – database on funded projects


Jitsi – More secure, more flexible, and completely free video conferencing

Kew Royal Botanical Gardens Seed Information Database — SID

Knowledge Tree for decision making for effective, efficient and equitable social forestry

Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT) – Three modules to help define, develop and find finance for landscape priorities

Mangrove restoration potential: Mapping tool

Map Hub – Create interactive maps

Natureserve – Conservation Tools & Services

North American Land Change Monitoring System (Canada, USA, Mexico) 

OPEN FORIS AND SEPAL (System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring)

Our World in Data – All open access and open source

Oxford Global Ecosystem Monitoring Network, Center for Tropical Forests

Papua Atlas: Tool tracks development as-it-happens

Participatory Methods – People working together around the world to generate ideas and action for social change

System for Earth Observation Data Access, Processing and Analysis for Land Monitoring (SEPAL).

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Databases

Stockholm Environment Institute – Projects and tools

System for earth observations, data access, processing & analysis for land monitoring. 

Telecoupling Toolbox – Geospatial software tools and apps for socioeconomic and environmental analysis 

Tools for Ecosystem-based Adaption – A new navigator that catalogues ecosystem-based adaptation tools for planning and decision-making for planning and decision-making

Towards Data Science

The Transnational Guide towards Optimal WAter REgime (GOWARE) Tools

Trees Challenge 2020: Make Every Tree Count

TreeDivNet – the largest worldwide network of biodiversity experiments 

United Nations databases

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – Digital Library | 

United Nations Environmental Programme – Science and Data

UN Integrated Water Resource Management Data Portal

US Web Soil Survey | SS Web Soil Survey tips

National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Soil Characterization Database

Virtual herbaria around the world 

WaPOR, FAO’s tool that monitors carbon sequestration by vegetation is now enriched with new data 

Wikipedia Plants Portal 

Wood Database – On wood characteristics of different species:

World Agroforestry Centre Geoscience Lab, Landscape Portal – Evidence-based solutions for land restoration

World Bank – Open Data

World Resource Center – Maps and Data

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – Conservation Science Data and Tools

Xeno Canto – Sharing bird sounds from around the world


Data Repositories

USA: Dataone (NSF-Funded) |

Europe: Registry of Research Repositories

Australia data repositories


United Nations General Repository

World Health Organization – Global Health Observatory data repository


Environmental/Ecological data

Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network (28 sites) | Data:

Puerto Rico: Luquillo LTER | Data:

International LTER (800 sites) | Data:

National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) (81 sites) | Data:

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) | Data:


Biodiversity Data

CABI Invasive Species Compendium 

Global Biological Information Facility (GBIF) (980,000,000 records) | Data:

Biological Collection Access Service for Europe (BIOCASE) (390,000,000 records) | Data:,

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) (100,000,000 records, NSF-funded) | Data:


Atmospheric data

National Centers for Environmental Information | Data:

University Corporations for Atmospheric Research | Resources and data:

National Center for Atmospheric Research

Environmental Protection Agency  | Air quality data:,

World climate


Oceanic Data

NOAA National Centers for Environmental Data

Oceanographic Data: | Data: | Data by discipline:

University Corporations for Atmospheric Research | Data:

Data Oceans

British Oceanographic Data Centre

Japan Oceanographic Data Center

International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE)

Ocean Data Portal – Global data:


Genetic Resources


International nucleotide sequence database collaboration

List of biological (genetic+) databases

Global Gateway to (Plant) Genetic Resources

Global Genome Biodiversity Network (600,000 records online)

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System

Bioversity International | Databases:


Spatial data

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) | | Remote sensing: | US NASA Earth Applied Sciences – Using earth observations to solve our planet’s most pressing issues 

Global maps:

US Geological Survey (USGS) – Data:  |

Earth Engine | Data:


WebGIS – Extensive map coverage for technical applications

List of GIS data sources  


Climate change data

World Bank climate change portal

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Data:

NASA – Climate change

NOAA –  Climate change: –  Climate |

Environment Protection Agency – Climate change | |

RealClimate: |


National Centers (NSF Funded and other)

National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBIOS) | 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) |

National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) | Tools:

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

National Data Service |


Tree/forest data

US Forest Service – Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program: | Other data:

Global Index of Vegetation-Plot Databases (GIVD)

Forest Global Earth Observatory (CTFS-ForestGEO) |

International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) | Statistics:

UN-Food and Agricultural Organization-Forests,

Global Forest Watch | Data:

Mongabay | Data:

Earth Engine Partners


Data Analysis Tools

Statistical analysis


R GUIs ,, ,

Quick R (R help)

PSPP (like SPSS)

OCTAVE (like Matlab)

Jmathlab (Like Matlab)


MYSTAT (basic)

Gnumeric (basic)

Microsiris (basic)

STATCAO (basic)

SOFA (Basic)

BUGS (Bayesian)

Jags (Bayesian) 

Jmulti (Time series)

Gretl (Econometrics)

QDA (Textual analysis)



EZText (Qualitative analysis) 

Machine learning

Data mining

R+ Rattle



AutoGiIS – Automating GIS processes

Geospatial World – media platform in the geospatial domain

Google Earth Engine

Open Source GIS Foundation (OSGeos)

QGIS – A free and open source Geographic Information System


GVSIG – Network of open source geomatics






Computer languages


Scientific modeling

Code sharing


Other statistical packages

Other data analysis tools

Big Data