Global Land Use Data Sets
Entry ID: ARCSS059

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Abstract: Information on soils, vegetation types, cultivated areas, wetlands and inundated areal fraction at 1- x 1-degree resolution for the Earth are available. Global FAO soil units data distinguish 27 soil types. The vegetation data set gives the global distribution of 32 vegetation types based on the UNESCO classification system. The cultivation data set describes the global distribution of ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Elaine Matthews and Leonard Zobler
Dataset Title: Global Land Use Data Sets
Dataset Release Date: 1996-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO U.S.A.
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
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Dataset ID: ARCSS059

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: ftp
Distribution Size: 2048 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII Text files
Phone: 212-675-5628
Email: Elaine.E.Matthews at
Contact Address:
NASA/Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
City: New York
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10025
Country: USA
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Matthews, E. 1983. Global vegetation and land use: New high- resolution databases for climate studies, Journal of Climatology and Applied Meteorology. 22:474-487.

Matthews, E. 1984. Prescription of land-surface boundary conditions in GISS GCM II: a simple method based on high-resolution vegetation data sets. NASA Technical Memorandum 86096, June 1984.

Matthews, E. 1989. Global data bases on distribution, characteristics and methane emission of natural wetlands: Documentation of archived data tape, NASA Technical Memorandum 4153, November 1989.

Matthews, E. and I. Fung. 1987. Methane emission from natural wetlands: Global distribution, area, and environmental characteristics of sources, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 1, 61-86.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 1999-07-20
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-11
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