Global Potential Vegetation Dataset

This dataset is described in:

Ramankutty, N., and J.A. Foley (1999). Estimating historical changes in global land cover: croplands from 1700 to 1992, Global Biogeochemical Cycles 13(4), 997-1027.

The data is available in two formats -- NetCDF and ArcINFO ASCII -- at 5min and 0.5 degree resolution.

The NetCDF download (728K) contains the following files:

  1. README
  2. vegtype_5min.nc.gz - gzipped NetCDF 5 min data
  3. vegtype_0.5.nc.gz - gzipped NetCDF data aggregated to a 0.5 deg resolution
  4. readnc.f - a FORTRAN program to read the NetCDF files
  5. ies-io.f - a FORTRAN program that contains NetCDF subroutines
  6. makefile - a makefile to compile the programs used to read the NetCDF files

PLEASE NOTE: this global dataset is meant to be used only for continental to global scale applications. Use caution when using this dataset at local scales.

Downloads:
Global Potential Veg Data NetCDF (728K)
Global Potential Veg Data ArcINFO ASCII, 5min (520K)
Download Global Potential Veg Data ArcINFO ASCII, 0.5 degree (24K)

Last updated: December 3, 2015