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Table 1 General types of biome maps

From: Forgotten forests - issues and prospects in biome mapping using Seasonally Dry Tropical Forests as a case study

Map types Baseline data Spatial detail Hierarchical representation of regions Representation of ecological affinities Representation of evolutionary communities Examples of maps End users
Floristic maps Species composition, richness & endemism Crude Good Poor Good WWF Ecoregions [16] Evolutionary biology & conservation science
Land cover maps Remote sensing data Fine Poor Good Poor Land Cover Map of South America [17] Ecology
Hybrid maps Climate, elevation, and species composition Fine Good Good Good Ecological Systems Map [31] All research fields
  1. Main types of biome maps summarised and compared.