As a fundamental data platform, we will generate standardized, global data on a range of species groups, thus allowing quantification of variation in ecological communities at spatial scales covering six orders of magnitude (from 0.1 km to 10000 km), across hundreds of thousands of species. As a key deliverable, we will develop global joint species distribution models describing the spatiotemporal structure of life on Earth. This task relies on a collaboration of a new type – a distributed sampling design involving 100 sites across the globe, with denser sampling in the Nordic countries and in Madagascar.

Our eighth newsletter announces our upcoming webinar and updates progress on sample analysis. The interim results webinar presents progress with audio analysis, statistical mathematics and field work.


Our fifth newsletter reports on ongoing progress, and the DNA seq webinar explains part of what we are doing with all the data that the teams are collecting.



LIFEPLAN, the project led by Professor Otso Ovaskainen, is the second recipient in Finland of the highly competitive Synergy funding from the European Research Council ERC. The purpose of this six-year, 12.6 million euro project is to map global biodiversity with scientific tools. At the same time the researchers will be working to understand the effects of climate change and land use on biodiversity.

Global biodiversity to be mapped with the help of specialized automated equipment and statistical mathematics (UH news)

Life on earth to be mapped in huge EU project (SLU news)