[R-sig-Geo] Global potential natural vegetation at 1km?

Tomislav Hengl tom.hengl at gmail.com
Thu Sep 29 13:28:05 CEST 2016

Dear R-sig-geo,

I have been looking for an existing map of global PNV (potential natural 
vegetation) that we could maybe use global soil / biomass modelling. So 
far, I noticed only two data sources that could provide compatible data:

1. Levavasseur et al. 2012 
(http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/7/4/044019) uses 
http://www.bridge.bris.ac.uk/resources/Databases/BIOMES_data data set 
for model training,

2. Tian et al. 2015 

However, both maps seem to refer to very coarse resolutions 10-50 km and 
I would prefer to use 1 km resolution data (not to mention that the 
legends are a mixture of general vegetation groups / vegetation-climate 
groups). For USA, much more detailed natural vegetation map is available 
(https://databasin.org/datasets/1c7a301c8e6843f2b4fe63fdb3a9fe39), but I 
guess nothing comparable is available for the whole world? Are you maybe 
aware of any such global maps representing e.g. plant communities 

I might just try myself to derive global potential vegetation (plant 
communities) using e.g. GBIF data or the BIOME 6000 data and 
environmental covariates at 1 km. At least the training data seems to be 
available for modeling.

If you are aware of any similar project / initiative / data set please 
let me know.

T. (Tom) Hengl
Researcher @ ISRIC - World Soil Information
Url: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/dr.-T-Tom-Hengl.htm 
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