Land Change Map of North America - North American Environmental Atlas

North American Environmental Atlas

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Mapping Our Shared Environment

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 Viewer

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

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.

North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action

NAPECA seeks to improve environmental conditions at the community, indigenous, local and regional levels

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Search and download maps and related data files in GIS and various other formats

Estimated Truck CO2 Emissions along the Mexico City to Montreal Transportation Corridor, 2035

This map shows the estimated annual truck CO2 emissions for the year 2035 along the Mexico City to Montreal transportation corridor. Carbon dioxide emissions are measured as kilotonnes per kilometer. The transportation corridor is one of...

Glaciers and Sea Ice, 2004

This North American Atlas base layer shows areas of permanent ice found on the North America landmass including Greenland, areas of land found within glaciers, as well as the approximate extent of marine areas in the Arctic covered by permanent...

Human Impact on Marine Ecosystems

This map shows the impacts of humans on the ocean’s ecosystems.To generate this map, the research team collected or created global maps of 17 different human activities, such as fishing and pollution, that have an impact on marine ecosystems, as...

Human Influence on Terrestrial Ecosystems

This map shows the direct influence of humans on terrestrial ecosystems across North America.The Human Influence Index (HII) is based on population density, built-up areas, roads, railroads, navigable rivers, coastlines, land use/land cover, and...

Installed Renewable Energy

This map shows the total installed renewable energy capacity for the states, provinces, and territories of North America as of 2003.  The renewable energy sources included in the data are biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and...


Mapping our Shared Environment - Ebook

This portfolio features a selection of maps that illustrate the unique and harmonized geographic information contained in the North American Environmental Atlas.

Ecological Regions of North America

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

Marine Ecoregions of North America

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

For more information, contact:

Zakir Jafry
Tools and GIS Coordinator
(514) 350-4307