The World Terrestrial Ecosystems (WTE) map produced by Sayre et al. (2020) offers a unique spatial representation of terrestrial ecosystems. However, several important questions must be answered to determine its utility across a range of spatial scales in mountainous terrain.

This project, which is led by Eurac Research, Italy, and is funded by Microsoft, aims to exploit the power of cloud computing, sophisticated data-driven algorithms, and recent high-resolution satellite imagery to both evaluate and improve (e.g., via downscaling) the WTE map in mountainous areas.

Funding was provided by Microsoft, via GEO BON.


Contact: Dr. Ruth Sonnenschein, EURAC Research (

More details soon.

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