The dataZone is a collection of applications, accesible online or inside the Charles Darwin Research Station, providing access to all the scientific information stored in several databases, product of almost 60 years of research in the Galapagos Islands.


dataZone is providing information that will help meet the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted by the parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD, 2010).

Natural History Collections Database

The databases at the Charles Darwin Foundation are among the institution’s most valuable assets. Much of the research conducted since the outset is kept within them.

The Collections Database is the digital home for the Natural History Collection at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The database includes records of collected physical specimens, as well as virtual records of species occurrence within the Islands (observational records) and records of Galapagos specimens held at collaborating institutions. 

Information included in records includes where possible the full taxonomy to the lowest level possible, collection notes, collection location and ecological information.

Discover more facts about the Natural History Collections

Galapagos Species List

In our Galapagos Species List we openly share the information from our Natural History Collections Database. There you can search and review the available information about any of the ~7000 species that inhabit the Galapagos Islands.

Climatology Database

The Climatology Database of the Charles Darwin Foundation allows you to visualize and download the historical daily records of temperature, precipitation and humidity from the two meteorological stations active in Santa Cruz, one on the highlands of the island (Bellavista), and the other located at sea level (Puerto Ayora).

Visualize our climatological data



The geoPortal is the public platform for geodata of the Charles Darwin Foundation. There you can explore and download information, discover applications, and empower the solution of important local themes.

Analyze and combine layers using maps,
and also developing new applications.
Together, we can enhance this platform even more!


Geo Apps

We offer various geographic visualization applications on topics of importance to the Galapagos Islands.

Flood Risk Zones in Galapagos

Flood Risk Zones in Galapagos

Populated island areas at risk of flooding from rain and tsunami. 

Dashboard de Monitoreo Científico

Scientific Monitoring Dashboard

Where does the Charles Darwin Foundation research occur?


Dashboard of Visiting Sites in the Galapagos

Where and which tourist activities can be carried out in the Galapagos (GNPD)?

Story maps

We tell you some teasers of our scientific productions, with the combination of geographical information, narrative text, images and multimedia content. We use the potentiality of maps and geography to tell you a story.

El Niño phenomenon in the Galapagos Islands

El Niño phenomenon in the Galapagos Islands

Learn more about the effects of El Niño in the Galapagos Islands.

Geomorphological phonotypes of the Galapagos Islands

Geomorphological phonotypes of the Galapagos Islands

A quick overview of the archipelago's relief forms.

Cracks, tunnels and cavities in Puerto Ayora

Cracks, tunnels and cavities in Puerto Ayora

Discover the importance of these geological elements and their social and economic impact.


Looking back over 13 Years of Land Use and Cover

How has land use and land cover in Galapagos changed between 2006 and 2019?

El Mirador

Urbanization of El Mirador Neighborhood (2006 - 2021)

Discover how land occupation has changed in terms of housing construction in Barrio El Mirador, Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz.


First Marine Resources Baseline, 1975

First zoning proposal for the marine and coastal areas of the Galapagos, called "Galapagos Marine Baseline, 1975", developed by G. M. Wellintong.


Shark-ambassadors on mapping

The Tibu-ambassadors ventured into the new adventure of participatory mapping and walked the streets of El Mirador neighborhood in the city of Puerto Ayora.

Past and present of conservation in the Galapagos Islands

Past and present of conservation in the Galapagos Islands

Storymap showing the first official zoning of the archipelago from 1973 with its maps.

Hermandad Marine Reserve, Galapagos

Hermandad Marine Reserve, Galapagos

Map showing a brief history of the origin of the new marine reserve towards the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor.

Historic Cartography of the Galápagos Islands

Historic Cartography of the Galápagos Islands

This storymap shows some interactive maps about how, in the past, the islands were drawn.

From volcanoes to volcanic islands

From volcanoes to oceanic islands

Storymap about the principal knowledge of the rock formation and the formation of the Galápagos Archipelago. 

People in the Galapagos Islands

Poster of The Galapagos Islands arranged by size

High resolution map that shows a different representation of the archipelago with the most up to date elevation and Landsat satellite data.

Industrial Fishing Galapagos map

Galapagos: promoting the sustainable use of the ocean

This storymap tell us about how is the risk of industrial fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and how the community promotes a better use. 


Concentration of Sampling Data of Datazone Collections Database

In this storymap we analize in which places of The Galapagos we have more or less collected biological information. 

Extensive Update of Record Coordinates in CDF Database

Extensive Update of Record Coordinates in CDF

Records in the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) database needed to be given latitude and longitude coordinates...

People in the Galapagos Islands

People in the Galapagos Islands

This storymap present a spatial analysis abut the human population situation in the Galapagos Islands, and some of its implications.

People in the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Topography

This web map application will show you some surface and terrain characteristics of the archipelago. 

Also, here you can build your own profile graph...


Mangrove Map Comparative Analysis

Dynamic navigation between two maps at the same time. Try to identify differences in the new and old mangrove maps...

People in the Galapagos Islands

¿Where is the most important biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands?

This storymap tells us some previews about a study that is doing the Charles Darwin Research Station is developing to identify priority zones for conservation. 


Google Earth, a cost-effective tool for mapping mangroves

With the Very High Resolution Images of Google Earth, we reached a better mangrove cartography. Here our experience and results.


The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to tackle the greatest threats and challenges to Galapagos through scientific research and conservation action, in order to safeguard one of the world’s most important natural treasures.

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