Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Mountain Portal

The Mountain Portal is GMBA's web portal for mountain biodiversity data mobilization, query, visualization, and analysis. The new version has been released on 11.12.2016!

The Mountain Portal was developed in collaboration with and implemented by the Jetz Lab of Global Biodiversity, Ecology & Conservation as part of Map of Life. It currently allows for the browsing of species inventories by location, the visualization of species ranges, and the visualization of climate belts within mountains. It represents a powerful tool for all user categories, ranging from laymen and citizen scientists to practitioners, stakeholders (e.g., tourism), and policy makers.


The mountain portal uses the GMBA mountain definition and associated ruggedness filter described in Körner et al (2011) (PDF, 2.0 MB), displays the bioclimatic belts defined in Körner et al (2011) (PDF, 2.0 MB), and features the mountain inventory proposed by Körner et al. (2016). Both the GMBA ruggedness data and the GMBA mountain inventory are available for unrestricted download.

Map of Life assembles and integrates different sources of data describing species distributions worldwide. These data include expert species range maps, species occurrence points, ecoregions, and protected areas from providers like IUCN, WWF, GBIF, and more. All data assets are stored, managed, backed up, and accessed using a hosted cloud instance. The current version of the Mountain Portal allows for the browsing of expected birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and conifers.


New versions of the Mountain Portal will regularly be released and updates will be performed as new data become available and additional needs are identified. More details on upcoming updates will be available on the mountain portal website.

If you have mountain biodiversity data of any type (point or plot data, expert ranges, area inventories, survey data, etc) to share (with or without restrictions) please contact us!