Atlas of the Globe

ATLAS OF THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT

After a year or so of managing my blog with conservation and GIS in mind, I have now added a new component, that of the GIS based environmental atlas. Numerous institutions have developed these atlases during the past few years and most of them are all freely available on the internet. 

I have used many of these in the work I am involved with today. Most of them are global in nature and data is added daily from the various satellites run by institutions such as NASA. They are not difficult to use and present an opportunity of understanding the environmental change of the globe. I hope you have as much fun as I have do use this tool to study the earth.

African Map

Pilanesberg National Park. A story map of the development process and principles on which this iconic conservation development was based. http://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=cb852f921b40461398abd936b28afdc6&fbclid=IwAR0Uk3Q9ey-_RCf46Rwl8qYKoFxagimscnqy8d4VGC-GbmlaFXGUkjmfKxk
Click on the link: https://transboundary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=94f73c1b451e40069e95388ee065b044 Through the use of GIS layers and theIr boundaries as planning instruments this exercise illustrates how a simple procedure leads to an understanding of the environment and ecosystem services. This procedure was tested in the conceptual planning of the Kimbi Fungom National Park in Cameroon.
Click on the link: https://transboundary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=55ad82da31e0485baf1e1565629be096 Introduction: The Great Lakes region of Central Africa has some of the richest biodiversity on earth but also experiences political instability. Managers of three protected areas, separated geographically but linked by their ecology and problems, are working together to develop a transboundary initiative in the framework of the IUCN Peace Parks Initiative in the Great Lakes region. The protected areas are: Kibira National Park: Burundi (IUCN Category IV, 40,000 ha) Virunga National Park: Democratic Republic…
Click on the link: https://transboundary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=1c7df786cef749f99319c4ba27abfc24 This story map illustrates the most useful initial data sets and the correlation with the TBCA clusters on the Globe. It is clear from these maps that nearly all of these clusters have been isolated from each other due to land use changes and infrastructure development adjacent to roads. These clusters will soon become centres of ecosystems services and biodiversity as the natural environment surrounding them are damaged. The Map view is live and all…
Click on the link: https://transboundary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=43bc943405d94b42808856ef69a78f65 This story map illustrates the most useful initial data sets and the correlation with the TBCA clusters on the Globe. It is clear from these maps that nearly all of these clusters have been isolated from each other due to land use changes and infrastructure development adjacent to roads. These clusters will soon become centres of ecosystems services and biodiversity as the natural environment surrounding them are damaged. The Map view is based on the…
Click on the link: https://transboundary.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=53fe8282e6274f61a6dbbf83902c292f) All though it is the public perception that the concept of Transboundary conservation started in Southern Africa with the creation of the Peace Parks Foundation many other countries has also become involved and two IUCN based studies illustrated the extent to which this concept has developed. This Story Map illustrates the wide regional distribution of these types of land use. The recent discussions of Facebook and information from the IUCN on the enormous environmental impact…
As a member of the Transboundary Conservation Specialist Subgroup of the IUCN I am developing a Conservation Atlas for use by TBCA specialists. During the development phase I am being assisted by a small number of skilled people in this endeavor. For now, this will be a closed group, and we are testing the first phase of the Atlas on a small number of TBCAs. I will expand this group once some more development has taken place. Click on the…
The last placing is the overview of the story line that as developed for the Global Atlas. It is similar in nature to the first three blogs but ads the three-dimensional aspect of making use of the Web GIS. Each of the paragraphs in the story line has been illustrated by a 3D view of conservation area making use of Map Scene. It has amazed me how real these scenes have become while making these images available to environmental planning.…
As a member of the Transboundary Subcommittee of the IUCN I submitted an article to the magazine on the function and role of the atlas. I would like to make use of this article to introduce the atlas in more detail. Please review the article in full-page format below. To view the complete magazine click here.
During the initial stages of Transboundary Conservation Area (TBCA) planning, the planners often do not have access to appropriate geographical maps. Maps are a living, tri-dimensional source of knowledge—a map represents thousands of words. Is it possible to develop a Global Atlas with selected data that would allow focus on identified conservation areas in the UNEP-IUCN WCPA’s World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) as a functional conservation planning tool during the initial phases of TBCA development? The Transboundary Conservation Foundation…
ATLAS OF WINDSA brilliant atlas illustrating the airflow and wind direction in any geographic position. It is updated every three hours and leads to many other climatic events, which are so critical to understanding natural processes. Have fun with this every day of the year. It is the fastest of all natural processes. https://earth.nullschool.net/…
ATLAS OF DRAINAGE BASINS OF THE WORLDNational Geographic has developed this atlas of our next real live ecosystem service crisis, that of Water. The way we use water depends on rain falling on the various catchment basins of the continents. These boundaries do nor often coincide with country boundaries and therefore transboundary management is essential. Have a look at what should have been international boundaries of the nations of world. http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/…/global-water-f…/