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Creating the Atlas of the World’s Conifers

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This chapter discusses technical aspects of creating the Atlas. It provides details about how data were gathered and assembled into a database; the sources of data; the pitfalls one can encounter especially when working with virtual data; and how the various categories of maps were produced and limitations with their interpretation. The data underlying the Atlas are available online providing a means to verify the distribution of all conifer taxa. The Atlas presents the natural distributions of taxa, from family rank down to variety, of the conifers of the world. The main categories of geographic data from all sources are broadly continent, country, major country area, (state or province), minor country area (municipality or county), locality name (small populated place, mountain, reserve), locality notes, and a map point reference in degrees and minutes. The authors elected to use DIVA-GIS for almost all maps presented in the Atlas.

Keywords:Atlas; data gathering; mapping software; Wordl's conifers



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