Graham MacDonald, GLI Postdoctoral Research Scholar, just had a Perspective piece published in the most recent issue of Environmental Research Letters.
GLI in National Geographic
IonE’s Global Landscapes Initiative played a role in a May 2013 National Geographic feature story on fertilizer and agriculture. GLI research provided the data used to create an infographic on excess nitrogen in croplands that accompanied the article.
Ever wonder which crops are grown where? Looking for crop and pasture data to use in a research project? Need a map for your report or presentation? We’ve got you covered.
The Institute on the Environment’s Global Landscapes Initiative and McGill University’s Land Use and the Global Environment (LUGE) recently launched EarthStat, a website for viewing and downloading agriculture and land use data developed in collaboration between our institutions. These data have become the standard used by many institutions around the world, and we hope this new site will broaden their use and influence. The site serves data on current and historical cropland and pasture area, as well as more detailed yield and harvested area for 172 crops. Yield potential, yield gap and climate bins are available in NetCDF, Geotiff, ASCII, Google Earth(KMZ), and PNG formats.
We’ll be updating the map viewer and download pages with additional data sets in the coming months. Please take a few minutes to check out the site, share it with your friends, and post comments below.
Special thanks to Peder Engstrom for creating the site!
U expertise in a changing climate
- Jon Foley, UMNews, 29 January 2013
Now this is a set of maps that I can get behind! SavingSpecies, a non-profit group that works to save threatened species, released some stunning new graphics last week which showcase their work. As part of their mission to stop extinction, they have transformed data on species richness (in this case, vertebrate animals) into some gorgeous maps.
These maps aim to highlight areas where conservation efforts might be most urgent. Click through to visit the SavingSpecies website and see more maps, including some that call attention to the fragility of endemic species.