Biodiversity Visualization

A Macrosystems initiative documenting the trajectories of the Earth's living species.


A New Global Biodiversity Community Website

By scientists, for scientists (and human beings and other species).

Built with open source resources to help people who care about researching and conserving biodiversity.

Made for everyone.

This site was made to look and behave great in the latest desktop browsers, as well as in tablet and smartphone browsers via responsive CSS.

Packed with features.

A biodiversity and global change science community networking center, with mountains of data and lots of beautiful maps.

This constantly evolving site is built using HTML5, CSS3, and OpenLayers 3.0.

A Biodiversity Community

The obvious focus of this project is on the Earth's species of plants and animals, many of which are threatened with extinction, accelerated by anthropogenic climate change. The activities of human beings are creating the primary forces driving extinction, and only modifications of our behaviors will re-create our civilization to reflect the principles of sustainability. Hence, another central guiding principle in the development of this project and our website is building a dynamic and growing community of ecologists, climate scientists, and others who are studying biodiversity and environmental changes that are driving extinctions.

The project's growing body of biodiversity maps and associated written analyses will be published online and freely available to everyone. Project members will also be able to login to the website in order to enter and edit their own biodiversity data. These data will be stored in our evolving data software system in formats that can be served up to our web mapping system. Eventually, we will also have an iOS app for easy data entry in the field.



natural habitat

climate change

web mapping


Earth system science

global ecology

Demonstration web map

Project timeline

Open source resources