Baltic Environmental Atlas
Entry ID: BEA
Abstract: The Baltic Environmental Atlas presents environmental factors that primarily
have an impact upon the loads of nutrients entering into the Baltic Sea, such
as land use and population distribution. The data represents that status
approximately at the end of the 1990's.
The service has been developed by GRID-Arendal, a UNEP affiliated environmental
data and information centre within two EU projects: ... Baltic on-line interactive
geographical and environmental information service (BOING) and BALANS. BOING is
a strategic demonstration project under the Information Society directorate of
the Commission of the European Communities to improve accessibility to
environmental information on nutrient pollution and eutrophication in the
Baltic Sea Region. The BALANS project has developed a seamless landcover
characteristics database for the Baltic Sea drainage basin.
The technical solution is based upon ESRI's ArcIMS (Internet Map Server). It is
also possible to access and manipulate this map using an ArcIMS client, such as
ArcExplorer (free download from ESRI).
ISO Topic Category
Access Constraints It is possible to access this service using an ArcIMS compliant client,
such as ArcExplorer (free download). Then you type in http://maps.grida.no as
the server name, and either type in "grid_baltic" as the service name, or pick
it from the list. This map service was created using:
Langaas, S. 1993. Some Georeferenced Data Sets for use within Sub-project 1;
Land Use and Ecological Carrying Capacity, of the Baltic Drainage Basin
Project. Technical Note. GRID-Arendal. 10 pages + apps.
Sweitzer, J., Langaas, S., and Folke, C. 1996. Land Cover and Population
Density in the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin: A GIS database. AMBIO,
Stalnacke, P. 1994. Documentation of data sources and data quality in the
calculation of the land based loads of eutrophying substances to the Baltic
Sea, 1970 - 1990. Note, Dept. of Water and Environmental Studies, Linkoping
University. 15 pages (in Swedish/English).
HELCOM. 1986. Water balance of the Baltic Sea. Baltic Sea Environment
Proceedings No. 16., The Helsinki Commission, Finland. 174 pages.
Creation and Review Dates