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Circumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM)

Data Source: EFI EUROFOREST Portal
TitleCircumboreal Vegetation Map (CBVM)
CreatorConservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF)
DescriptionThe CBVM mission is to develop a global map of the circumboreal forest biome with a common legend. The reason for concentrating efforts to map boreal vegetation from all around the globe is to provide a common international framework for understanding the boreal region. Currently, various maps already exist of the boreal biome, but they do not rely on a unified international method for classifying and mapping boreal vegetation. By recognizing the boreal region as a single geo-ecosystem with a common set of cultural, political and economic issues, the CBVM project will be the first detailed vegetation map of the entire global biome. Such a map is needed for a wide variety of purposes related to resource development, land-use planning, studies of boreal biota and biodiversity, education, anticipated global changes and human interaction. A common legend and language for describing boreal ecosystems is essential for answering questions at a global scale. Boreal forests are particularly appropriate for unified classification because of their high level of floristic, physiognomic and syntaxonomic similarity across the entire biome. A circumboreal vegetation map will have numerous other application uses for boreal scientists and managers such as impact studies on wildlife and feedback mechanisms in models or increased emission of greenhouse gases. The CBVM will also contribute to global efforts to improve understanding and communication with policy-makers. A secondary goal is to make the map compatible with the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map (CAVM, scale 1:7,500,000) to the north. Linking these two global-scale maps is necessary because very few issues relevant to the Arctic or the boreal regions stop at tree line. For example, most rivers flowing into the Arctic Ocean have their origin far to the south of the tree line. Climate and vegetation-change models, analysis of animal migrations, roads and industrial developments, and arctic-human interaction all require maps that include both the Arctic tundra and boreal forest regions.
Keywordsboreal forests; taiga; tundra; maps; projects; biodiversity
TypeMaps, Projects
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 Published: May 8 2009 | Last updated: October 30 2012