Atlas of the Biosphere

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Centre for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Year: 
1998-2001
Format: 
Raster data format (GRID), or sample maps as downloadable images
Projection: 

various

Who can use this data: 
Public
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The Atlas of the Biosphere is available at the following link: http://www.sage.wisc.edu/atlas/maps.php

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various

Abstract: 

The Atlas of the Biosphere is an online resource targeted to high school students, university students and teachers. It contains maps with geographically explicit data broken down into four general categories:

  • Human Impacts
    • Humans and the environment from a socio-economic perspective
    • i.e. - Population, Population Density, Population Doubling Time, Population Growth Rate, Infant Mortality, Life Expectancy, Literacy Rate, Per Captia Oil Usage, Population Under Age 15
  • Land Use
    • How humans are using the land
    • i.e. - Croplands, Irrigated Lands, Pastures, Built-up Lands, Suitability for Agriculture
  • Ecosystems
    • The natural ecosystems of the world
    • i.e. - Precipitation, Relative Humidity, Temperature, Potential Vegetation, Soil Organic Carbon, Soil pH, Topography
  • Water Resources
    • Water in the biosphere
    • i.e. - Runoff, Precipitation, Evapotranspiration, Irrigated Lands, Snow Depth, Lakes and Wetlands, Soil Moisture

You may download maps (at 1600x1200 pixel resolution) and/or data (as an ESRI ArcView grid). The Atlas also includes animated schematics that look at the various resource flows and pools that make up individual Earth systems.

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