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    GIS Digital Data and Maps

 
GENERAL

GIS.com
http://www.gis.com/
Good starting place for exploring GIS topics and creating maps.

ESRI
http://www.esri.com/
ESRI web site. Contains lots of info about GIS, software, data, etc.

Forests and Drylands Programme (UNEP-WCMC)
http://www.unep-wcmc.org/
The programme produces integrated and accessible information on the conservation of the world's forests and their biodiversity, as well as providing support in managing this information. Nice site for interactive printable maps with information and links to forest data worldwide.

GIS, GPS, and Technology in Geography
http://gis.about.com/cs/gisgpstech/
Information and resources about computerized mapping, computerized navigation, satellites, and other aspects of technology in geography. From About.com.

DATA AND MAPS

National Geographic Map Machine
http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/index.html
Map categories include: World Themes, U.S. Themes, Historical Maps, Flags and Facts, and Wild World (Global 200: Priority Areas, Terrestrial Ecoregions).

Global Land Cover Characterization
hhttp://edc2.usgs.gov/glcc/glcc.php
1km global land cover site. Data from this site has been downloaded and converted into ArcView readable format and will be available soon on the MBG GIS web site. This site gives you background information on how it was produced, at what scale, etc.

Federal Geographic Data Committee
http://www.fgdc.gov/search?SearchableText=National+Geospatial+Data+Clearinghouse
Contains link to the National Geospatial Data Clearinghouse, a collection of over 250 spatial data servers.

GIS Date Depot
http://www.gisdatadepot.com/
Free data site searchable by Country - 1:1,000,000 scale of political boundaries, rivers, and cites. Available for download in *.e00 format. See FAQ for how to convert these for use in ArcView.

EarthExplorer (USGS)
http://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/
Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products through the U.S. Geological Survey. Various U.S. and global data sets, some available for download, including Digital Elevation Models, Climate, Geology, etc.

Alexandria Digital Library Project
http://legacy.alexandria.ucsb.edu/
Jump station for various digital libraries, maps, and gazetteers.

Center for Applied Biodiversity Science: GIS
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Center_for_Applied_Biodiversity_Science
Provides links to global vegetation data and related web sites.

OTHER GIS SOFTWARE SITES

DIVA-GIS
http://www.diva-gis.org/
Scaled down version of ArcView that uses broad scale climate data for estimating climatic variables associated with occurrence data.

FloraMap
http://www.bdtracker.net/node/65
User-friendly software linked to agroclimatic and other databases. Users can create maps showing the most likely distribution of wild species in nature. MBG has a copy of the software and user's manual in the library.

GRANTS

ESRI Conservation Program
http://www.conservationgis.org/
The non-profit support arm of ESRI. Want to read some accounts about how GIS has been used to solve real-world conservation problems? This site contains over 25 in-depth stories, and much more. Includes information about ESRI grants and an ECP Grant Application Form.

The Conservation Technology Support Program
http://www.conservationgis.org/aagisgrant.html
CTSP annually awards grants of equipment plus software to tax-exempt conservation organizations to build their Geographic Information Systems (GIS) capacity [CTSP will NOT be making any grants during 2001-2002, as they reassess their organizational direction].
 

 
 
 
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