Table 1

General types of biome maps

Map types

Baseline data

Spatial detail

Hierarchical representation of regions

Representation of ecological affinities

Representation of evolutionary communities

Examples of maps

End users


Floristic maps

Species composition, richness & endemism

Crude

Good

Poor

Good

WWF Ecoregions [16]

Evolutionary biology & conservation science

Land cover maps

Remote sensing data

Fine

Poor

Good

Poor

Land Cover Map of South America [17]

Ecology

Hybrid maps

Climate, elevation, and species composition

Fine

Good

Good

Good

Ecological Systems Map [31]

All research fields


Main types of biome maps summarised and compared.

Särkinen et al. BMC Ecology 2011 11:27   doi:10.1186/1472-6785-11-27

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