Adam Wilson of the University at Buffalo in New York and his team have developed a technique that uses clouds to map ecosystems in fine resolution.
The details are reported in his article : Remotely Sensed High-Resolution Global Cloud Dynamics for Predicting Ecosystem and Biodiversity Distributions
Patterns in the clouds can be used to decipher the complex patterns of ecosystems on Earth, predicting where species live more accurately than the methods currently used by conservationists.
Note : It is important to remember that the cloud classification now used is based on that originally proposed by pharmacist Luke Howard in December 1802, in his paper “On the modification of clouds”
Howard introduced three basic cloud types:
Cirrus : Latin for a curl of hair), which he described as “parallel, flexuous, or diverging fibres, extensible in any or all directions”
Cumulus: (meaning heap), which he described as “convex or conical heaps, increasing upward from a horizontal base”
Stratus:(meaning something spread), which he described as “a widely extended, continuous, horizontal sheet, increasing from below”.
Source : https://www.rmets.org