WorldMap Plant MappingEntry ID: ci_cabs_worldmap
Abstract: WorldMap shows single species plant distributions and cumulative map
distributions for the following plant groups in sub Saharan Africa:
Gymnosperms, Dicotyledons, Monocotyledons, Kenyan Trees, Shrubs, and
Lianas, Northeastern Tropical African forest trees, and Southern
There are thousands of single species plant distribution maps
currently in distribution, documenting plant ... distributions over the
vast majority of sub-Saharan Africa. The maps display species
distributions on a per-species basis, and date back over the last 100+
years documenting what for many was a life's work.
Current conservation initiatives call for the understanding of the
total species composition, or the levels of diversity, of areas under
analysis. The raw data for this is available in The single species
distribution maps. However, cumulative maps of species distributions
displaying broader distributions at higher taxonomic scales have
historically not been available due to technological limitations.
The advent of faster computers with large amounts of digital storage
space, and the development of the software application 'WORLDMAP,'
makes constructing these cumulative plant species databases a
It is predicted that there are around 40,000 sub-Saharan African plant
species. It is the aim of CELP to compile 10-15% of these from
available distribution maps. To date, over 3500 available species have
been mapped at the 1-degree resolution here at CELP.
Information was obtained from
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: The University of York, The Environment Department, The Centre for Ecology Law and Policy
Dataset Title: WorldMap Plant Mapping
Dataset Release Date: February, 2002
Dataset Release Place: York, United Kingdom
Dataset Publisher: The University of York
Data Presentation Form: databaseOnline Resource: http://www.york.ac.uk/res/celp/webpages/projects/worldmap/worldmap.htm
Latitude Resolution: 1 degree
Longitude Resolution: 1 degree
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Data Set Progress
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: +44 1904 434059
Fax: +44 1904 432998
Email: dwh5 at york.ac.uk
The University of York The Environment Department The Centre for Ecology, Law and Policy
Country: United Kingdom
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Global Change Master Directory
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
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La Ferla B, Taplin J, Ockwell D, Lovett J C (2002) Continental Scale
Patterns of Biodiversity: can higher taxa accurately predict African
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Society. 138. In Press.
Lovett, J.C., Rudd, S., Taplin, J., Frimodt-M?ller, C. (2000).
Patterns of plant diversity in Africa south of the Sahara and their
implications for conservation management. Biodiversity and
Conservation 9: 33-42.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2002-06-26
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-12-21
Future DIF Review Date: 2003-06-26