In the framework of LifeWatch, the Wallonia-Brussels Federation is financing a research program as a partnership between the Earth and Life Institute (UCL)
and the Unit for Biodiversity and Landscape (Ulg-Gbx)
. The LifeWatch Wallonia-Brussels (LW-WB) team combines a strong experience in land cover mapping through with biodiversity modeling expertise.
To share this experience with the biodiversity community and to help biodiversity research, the LW-WB team launched a webGIS
, where thematic information derived from remote sensing data is combined with integrated abiotic variables provided in numeric fields. The spatial unit to compute the variables is the ecotope, a small polygon with largely homogeneous ecological functions. Those ecotopes are derived from homogeneous patches of land cover and topography.
The data are currently covering the Walloon Region.
For a download of the data and a description of the currently existing fields, click on the link below.