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Status: Completed
Online Status: ONLINE
Publication State: Published
Publication Date: 2009-11-13
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QUEST projects both used and produced an immense variety of global data sets that needed to be shared efficiently between the project teams. These global synthesis data sets are also a key part of QUEST's legacy, providing a powerful way of communicating the results of QUEST among and beyond the UK Earth System research community.

This dataset contains a map of a ecosystem.

This map depicts the 825 terrestrial ecoregions of the globe. Ecoregions are relatively large units of land contain ing distinct assemblages of natural communities and species, with boundaries that approximate the original extent of natural communities prior to major land-use change. This comprehensive, global map provides a useful framework for conducting biogeographical or macroecological research, for identifying areas of outstanding biodiversity and conse rvation priority, for assessing the representation and gaps in conservation efforts worldwide, and for communicating the global distribution of natural communities on earth.

Citable as:  Juckes, M. (2009): QESDI: Ecosystem map. NCAS British Atmospheric Data Centre, date of citation.
Abbreviation: Not defined
Keywords: QUEST, QESDI, ecosystems, map


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Public data: access to these data is available to both registered and non-registered users.
Use of these data is covered by the following licence: When using these data you must cite them correctly using the citation given on the CEDA Data Catalogue record.
Data lineage:

Data delivered to the BADC and converted to netcdf using IDL

File Format:
Data are netCDF formatted

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Process overview

This dataset was generated by a combination of instruments deployed on platforms and computations as detailed below.

Computation Element: 1

Title World Wildlife Fund Wildworld program deployed on World Wildlife Fund
Abstract This computation involved: World Wildlife Fund Wildworld program deployed on World Wildlife Fund. The Wild World maps are designed to help you bring into your classroom the wonders of biodiversity and the urgency of conserving it. The Educator���s Guide that accompanies the maps offers lesson plans and activities on subjects like map fundamentals, biodiversity, and ecoregions.
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  • units: 1
  • long_name: Eco-region index (Olson 2006)
  • var_id: ecoregion
  • names: eco_region_index, Eco-region index (Olson 2006)
  • long_name: meanings of eco regions flag values
  • var_id: flag_meanings_array
  • names: meanings of eco regions flag values, flag_meanings_array

Co-ordinate Variables

  • units: degrees_north
  • standard_name: latitude
  • var_id: latitude
  • names: latitude
  • units: degrees_east
  • standard_name: longitude
  • var_id: longitude
  • names: longitude
  • standard_name: time
  • var_id: time
  • names: time
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