Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps)
The University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
- January 1–December 31
This is an ongoing Citizen Science Experience. Contact the sponsoring organization to join in.
EDDMapS is a web-based mapping system for documenting invasive species distribution. It is fast, easy to use and doesn't require Geographic Information Systems experience. Launched in 2005 by the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health at the University of Georgia, it was originally designed as a tool for state Exotic Pest Plant Councils to develop more complete distribution data of invasive species.
EDDMapS goal is to maximize the effectiveness and accessibility of the immense numbers of invasive species observations recorded each year. As of April 2015, EDDMapS has over 2.6 million records.
EDDMapS combines data from other databases and organizations as well as volunteer observations to create a national network of invasive species distribution data that is shared with educators, land managers, conservation biologists, and beyond. This data will become the foundation for a better understanding of invasive species distribution around the world.
Youth may contribute to EDDMapS when working with adults who have accounts.