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:

  2. – gzipped NetCDF 5 min data
  3. – 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.