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Anthropogenic Biomes

A Framework for Ecology & Earth Science in the 21st Century

Erle C. Ellis and Navin Ramankutty

bulletView Anthropogenic Biome Maps online using Google Earth & Maps and MS Virtual Earth

bulletAn Educational Guide to Anthropogenic Biomes of the World

bulletArticle online at Encyclopedia of Earth (includes a Powerpoint Presentation)

bulletIn Wired News, WorldChanging & Science magazine (Listing of media & blog coverage)

bulletDiscussion: Can we conserve nature in an anthropogenic biosphere?

 Human influence on ecology mapped
Discovery Channel video on Anthropogenic Biomes by Jorge Ribas


On Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTUOHMkGa0Q


    The biosphere has long been described using global ecosystem units called biomes, which are vegetation types like tropical rainforests and grasslands that are identified in relation to global patterns of climate.  Now that humans have fundamentally altered global patterns of ecosystem form, process, and biodiversity, it is time to remap the terrestrial biosphere to include ecological patterns produced by humans.  Anthropogenic biomes, also known as "anthromes" or "human biomes", describe the terrestrial biosphere in its contemporary, human-altered form using global ecosystem units defined by global patterns of sustained direct human interaction with ecosystems, offering a new way forward for ecological research and education.


Ellis, E. C. and N. Ramankutty. 2008. Putting people in the map: anthropogenic biomes of the world. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(8):439-447. [Download]

> Download our Anthropogenic Biomes map in GIS format   (anthromes_v1.zip; ArcINFO GRID)

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