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globalelus (MapServer)

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Service Description: This map contains the global ecological land unit (ELUs) data, produced from a partnership between USGS and Esri, to represent an ecophysiographic classification of the Earth’s surface based on the geographic coincidence of climate, landforms, geology, and land cover (Sayre and others, 2014). Combining the input data (bioclimate region, landform type, surficial lithology, and land cover) into a single 250-meter raster layer, called Ecological Facets (EFs), resulted in 106,959 unique combinations. These EFs represent the finest spatial resolution, globally comprehensive biophysical stratification yet attempted, and a detailed geospatial delineation of unique physical environments and their associated land cover. However although very rich in detail, the large number of EFs precluded meaningful cartographic display, therefore a separate generalized product termed Ecological Land Units was aggregated from the EFs by generalizing the number of input attribute classes down to 3,639 global ELUs. Additional information and access to this data is available at

Map Name: Layers


All Layers and Tables

Dynamic Legend

Dynamic All Layers

Layers: Description:

Copyright Text:

Spatial Reference: 4326  (4326)

Single Fused Map Cache: false

Initial Extent: Full Extent: Units: esriDecimalDegrees


Document Info: Supports Dynamic Layers: true

MaxRecordCount: 1000

MaxImageHeight: 4096

MaxImageWidth: 4096

Supported Query Formats: JSON, AMF, geoJSON

Min Scale: 0

Max Scale: 0

Supports Datum Transformation: true

Child Resources:   Info   Dynamic Layer

Supported Operations:   Export Map   Identify   QueryDomains   Find   Return Updates