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North American Environmental Atlas

The North American Environmental Atlas combines and harmonizes geospatial data from Canada, Mexico and the United States to allow for a continental and regional perspective on environmental issues that cross boundaries.

The Atlas continues to grow in breadth and depth as more thematic maps are created through our work and our partnerships. Scientists and map makers from Natural Resources Canada, United States Geological Survey, and Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía and other agencies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, produced the information contained in the Atlas.

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Map of North America

Map Viewer

The North American Environmental Atlas map viewer provides access to several data layers, including terrestrial and marine ecosystems as well as human influence.

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MapMonday

From tracking Uber orders in Montreal to understanding the effect of coastal farming activity in Sinaloa, Mexico– maps help us navigate and understand the world around us.

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North American Land Change Monitoring System

A collaborative initiative between Canada, Mexico, and the United States to monitor land cover - the observed physical cover on the surface of the Earth - and its change over time.

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Marine Ecoregions

2022
Ecoregions

These marine ecoregions are areas of general similarity in terms of physiographic, oceanographic and biological characteristics, which fall within the Exclusive Economic Zones of the North American countries.

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Population Density, 2020

2022
Humans

This map shows the population density of North America for the year 2020 in number of people per square kilometer within 2.5 arc-minute pixels.

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North American Forests, 2022

2022
Ecoregions

The North American Forest map shows the distribution of eighteen different primary ecological zones pertaining to forest systems within Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

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Climate Zones of North America

2021

The North American Climate Zones map shows the distribution of climate types across Canada, Mexico, and the United States based on the Köppen-Geiger climate classification.

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North American Protected Areas, 2021

2021
Protected Areas

The new map of North American Protected Areas is an update of the map published in 2017 by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

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Terrestrial Ecoregions: Level III

2021
Ecoregions

Ecological regions are areas of general similarity in ecosystems and in the type, quality, and quantity of environmental resources.

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North American Blue Carbon, 2021

2021
Climate

The North American Blue Carbon map shows the distribution of salt marsh, mangrove, and seagrass habitats in North America.

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Land Cover Change 30m, 2010-2015 (Landsat)

2020
Land Cover

This map demonstrates land cover change between 2010 and 2015 in North America at a spatial resolution of 30 meters.

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Land Cover 30m, 2015 (Landsat and RapidEye)

2020
Land Cover

This map of North American land cover at a spatial resolution of 30 meters provides a harmonized view of the physical cover of Earth's surface across the continent based on 2015 Landsat satellite imagery for Canada and the United States, and RapidEye imagery for Mexico.

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Human Impact on Marine Ecosystems

2019

This map shows the impacts of humans on the ocean’s ecosystems.

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Human Influence on Terrestrial Ecosystems

2019

This map shows the direct influence of humans on terrestrial ecosystems across North America.

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North American Environmental Atlas

Mapping North America's Shared Environment

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Mapping our Shared Environment

North American Environmental Atlas

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Ecological Regions of North America

Toward a Common Perspective

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Marine Ecoregions of North America

A book that celebrates the richness and wealth of our region’s common ocean and coastal...