Global Vegetation Project

Dear friends and colleagues,

Imagine being able to explore vegetation anywhere in the world, anytime. We are building an open-access database of georeferenced vegetation photos set in their global climatic context.

To view the beta version of our website and to contribute photos of your own, please visit

We require the following information:

1. Photo of plant community (or landscape)
2. Photo credit (name of photographer)
3. Place name (location, trail name, etc.)
4. Geographical coordinates (lat/long in decimal degrees, WGS84). Ideally to 5 decimal places, but at least to 2 decimal places.
5. Vegetation type (i.e., what you call the plant community)
6. A few common species in the vegetation (latin binomials)

Here is an example of the type of photo and the scale of interest
1. Photo
2. Credit: Daniel Laughlin
3. Fire Point in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona USA.
4. 36.35 -112.36
5. Montane conifer forest
6. Pinus ponderosa, Poa fendleriana, Castilleja linariifolia