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Global Land Cover Datasets

Wetlands Ecosystems

This page provides access to and describes the GISS dataset "Global Distribution of Wetland Ecosystems at 1°×1° Resolution", which distinguishes five classes. In combination with the Fractional Inundation dataset, it may be used to calculate wetland areas.

Available Information

Items which you may download here are:

Explanation of Arrays

The contents of INFO1, INFO2, and INFO3 are:

DISTRIBUTION OF WETLAND ECOSYSTEMS      DIMENSION = 360 X 180   SCALE = 1
OCEAN =   -9999     UNDEF =   99999     MIN =       1 MAX =       5
NUMREC = 6483 (NUMBER OF RECORDS IN DATA FILE)

The possible values of the elements in IARRAY are:

  1. forested bog
  2. non-forested bog
  3. forested swamp
  4. nonforested swamp
  5. alluvial formations

References

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