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Global Climate Maps from FAO

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Abstract: The FAO global climate maps are based on data for mean monthly values of
temperature, precipitation and cloudiness prepared in 1991 by R. Leemans and W.
Cramer and published by the International Institute for Applied Systems
Analysis (IIASA). The IIASA data correspond to an imaginary "net" covering the
Earth's surface with a mesh size of 0.5 degrees. This is equivalent to about 60
km - an area of ... View entire text
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Description: Access to documentation and download of climate maps and tools to view maps
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: FAO Agrometeorology Group
Dataset Title: Global Climate Maps
Dataset Release Place: Rome, Italy
Dataset Publisher: FAO/SD
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1961-01-01
Stop Date: 1990-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
Longitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
MAPS Ancillary Description
Data Set Progress
Originating Center
Data Center
Sustainable Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +39 06 570 55510
Email: GIS-Manager at
Contact Address:
Address: Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 00100
Country: ITALY
Distribution Media: online, www
Fees: none
Leemans, R. and Cramer, W., 1991. "The IIASA database for mean monthly values of temperature, precipitation and cloudiness on a global terrestrial grid". Research Report RR-91-18. November 1991. International Institute of Applied Systems Analyses, Laxenburg, pp. 61.

Lieth, H., 1972. "Modelling the primary productivity of the earth. Nature and resources", UNESCO, VIII, 2:5-10.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-08-05
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-01-27

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