Mapping the Biosphere

Here you will find maps of environmental variables. If you use anything from the Atlas in a publication, please use the following citation: “Used by permission of The Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

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Human Impacts

Humans and the environment from a socio-economic perspective (e.g., population, life expectancy, literacy rates)

Land Use

How humans are using the land (e.g., croplands, pastures, urban lands)


The natural ecosystems of the world (e.g., potential vegetation, temperature, soil texture)

Water Resources

Water in the biosphere (e.g., runoff, precipitation, lakes, and wetlands)