Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA)

Global Mountain Explorer

The Global Mountain Explorer (GME) was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with Esri, the Center for Development and Environment of the University of Bern (CDE), the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), and the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI). The work was part of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Global Network for Observations and Information in Mountain Environments (GNOME) initiative, and specifically addresses Task 1.0 in GEO GNOME’s workplan: "Accurately delineate mountain regions using best available data".

The Global Mountain Explorer allows for visualization and query of thre mountain definitions (the UNEP-WCMC definition - K1, the GMBA definition - K2, and the USGS Ecological Land Units - K3) either separately or in pairwise comparisons. Pan, zoom, and query functionality are included, and a query anywhere on the map returns the binary values for K1, K2, and K3 in a pop-up query results box. The data are being served as image services, and the GIS data files are available for unrestricted download and use in geographic information systems, thanks to financial support from GMBA and the MRI. Alternative access is provided via the Caucasus Geonode of the University of Geneva.

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