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New map sharpens view of African ecosystems

US: A team of African and North American scientists led by the US Geological Survey and NatureServe, a conservation non-profit organisation, has created a series of continent-wide ecosystem maps that offer the most detailed portrayals of Africa”s natural setting yet produced. The new maps and related data on landforms, geology, bioclimates, and vegetation can be used across Africa for conservation planning and resource management, as well as for impact assessments of climate change and changes in land use, such as agriculture, deforestation, and urbanisation.

Overall, a total of 37 experts from 18 countries worked together to formulate the ecosystem classifications (126 distinct ecosystems were mapped) and produce the maps at a base resolution of 90 meters.

Source: USGS