LEO Network

LEO Network

It’s #MapMonday! #DidYouKnow that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation supported the expansion of the Local Environmental Observer (LEO) Network across North America? Through an online mapping platform, local observers and topic experts document and share knowledge about unusual environmental events. In the context of a changing climate, the LEO Network is a tool for monitoring, […]

North American Drought Monitor

This #MapMonday we’re highlighting next week’s #DesertificationAndDroughtDay and this year’s theme “Rising up from drought together.” Did you know that drought and its related hazards (like wildfires, floods, and landslides) are having significant economic, environmental, and social impacts on communities every year? Together, Canada, Mexico and the United States worked through the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to strengthen […]

Groundwater – making the invisible, visible

Today is #MapMonday! This month’s map highlights the #WorldWaterDay 2022 theme: “Groundwater – making the invisible, visible” Groundwater is shaped by both natural processes and human activities. Geology, precipitation, land cover change, agricultural irrigation, and pumping for municipal and industrial usage all play a role in the quality and availability of this natural resource. Our […]

Costing Flood Events in North America

#DidYouKnow that #flooding causes billions of dollars in damage across North America? @Commission developed a standardized flood-costing methodology to better address their integral impacts and increase preparedness Flooding, including inland and coastal flooding, is one of the most devastating and costly natural hazards in North America. It is important to better understand the consequences of […]

Climate zones in North America

This map shows the diverse climate zones in North America, based on the Köppen-Geiger climate classification system. Each group and zone is represented by a combination of letters. The main climate groups are tropical (A), dry (B), temperate (C), continental (D) and polar (E). Sub-types are defined using additional letters which further describe temperature and […]

North American blue carbon

The map you’re looking at is the most comprehensive view we have of North American blue carbon – a powerful ally in our fight against climate change. Though these coastal ecosystems cover less than 2% of the area of the world’s oceans they also sequester at least 50% of the carbon stored in ocean sediments […]

North American Blue Carbon, 2021

The North American Blue Carbon map shows the distribution of salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass habitats in North America. Data were compiled from approximately 50 source datasets, including international (UNEP-WCMC), national (Conabio, US Geological Survey and the US National Wetlands Inventory), as well as state and provincial sources and information from individual investigators. This 2021 […]