Environmental Domains of Antarctica Version 2.0 Final Report
Entry ID: EDA_v2

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Summary
Abstract: A report on the physical environment-based classification for the whole Antarctic Continent. This classification built on the success Landcare Research scientists have achieved in developing a classification of New Zealand's terrestrial environments (Land Environments of New Zealand or LENZ - Leathwick et al. 2002b). The classification was designed to provide a data-derived, spatially explicit delineation of environmental variables in Antarctica, to be used for a range of management activities including identification of priority sites for protection, environmental monitoring, and assessment of risks associated with human activities.

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Environmental parameters used

Air temperature (mean annual and seasonal), wind, mean annual wind speed, solar radiation, period of year with normal diurnal pattern, slope, land and ice cover, geology.


Descriptive labels have been assigned to each environment classified within the resulting raster data layer. There are as follows;

A. Antarctic Peninsula northern geologic
B. Antarctic Peninsula mid-northern latitudes geologic
C. Antarctic Peninsula southern geologic
D. East Antarctic coastal geologic
E. Antarctic Peninsula and Alexander Island main ice fields and glaciers
F. Larsen Ice Shelf
G. Antarctic Peninsula offshore island geologic
H. East Antarctic low latitude glacier tongues
I. East Antarctic ice shelves
J. Southern latitude coastal fringe ice shelves and floating glaciers
K. Northern latitude ice shelves
L. Continental coastal-zone ice sheet
M. Continental mid-latitude sloping ice
N. East Antarctic inland ice sheet
O. West Antarctic Ice Sheet
P. Ross and Ronne-Filchner ice shelves
Q. East Antarctic high interior ice sheet
R. Transantarctic Mountains geologic
S. McMurdo - South Victoria Land geologic
T. Inland continental geologic
U. North Victoria Land geologic

The sizes of the environments are extremely varied - from 3.7 million square kilometres down to a comparatively small 966 square kilometres.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: -60.0 S: -90.0  E: 180.0  W: -180.0

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2007-11-01
Stop Date: 2007-11-30


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE >AIR TEMPERATURE    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC WINDS    [Definition]
ATMOSPHERE >ATMOSPHERIC RADIATION >INCOMING SOLAR RADIATION    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >SEA ICE    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >GLACIERS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >GLACIERS/ICE SHEETS >ICE SHEETS    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LANDSCAPE >LANDSCAPE PATTERNS    [Definition]
OCEANS >SEA ICE    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
ENVIRONMENT


Quality
The dates provided in temporal coverage are approximate only, and merely relate to the publication of the report.


Access Constraints
This report and shapefile contents are being hosted by the AADC for the benefit of the Antarctic community thanks to the generous support of Landcare Research, New Zealand.

They are available for download from the URL given below.


Use Constraints
This data set conforms to the PICCCBY Attribution License
(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).

Please follow instructions listed in the citation reference provided at http://data.aad.gov.au/aadc/metadata/citation.cfm?entry_id=EDA_v2 when using these data.

No part of this work covered by copyright may be reproduced or copied in any form or by any means (graphic, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, taping, information retrieval systems, or otherwise) without the written permission of the publisher.

Copyright Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd 2007


Keywords
classification
environmental
Landcare


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
Landcare Research NZ


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://data.aad.gov.au

Data Center Personnel
Name: DAVE JOHN WATTS
Phone: +61 3 6232 5062
Email: dave.watts at csiro.au
Contact Address:
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
Castray Esplanade
City: Hobart
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7000
Country: Australia



Distribution
Distribution_Media: HTTP
Distribution_Size: 4.1 MB
Distribution_Format: PDF, Shapefiles
Fees: free


Personnel
HARRY KEYS
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:
Department of Conservation
City: Turangi
Country: New Zealand


FRASER MORGAN
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Contact Address:
Landcare Research
Private Bag 92-170
City: Auckland
Country: New Zealand



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2008-12-07
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-01-10

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