Bioclimatic Atlas of Chile Revealed

Posted by GIS talk On Thursday, July 19, 2012
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The Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center will present on Wednesday July 11 Bioclimatic Atlas of Chile, the University publication prepared with support from CORFO Chile, to provide support for research in natural resources and species of conservation concern.

According to the authors, Juan Manuel Uribe, Rodrigo Cabrera, Andres Manuel de la Fuente and Paneque, the methods used for the production of these maps have considered the integration of topoclimatic variables, vegetation and to recognize the influence of local topography on the track expert, improving and allow mapping approach resulting higher resolution spatial scales such as 1:250,000.

They also argue that this approach has allowed readings closer to the behavior of each of the basic and derived climatic variables that this study considered, such as: mean monthly minimum temperature, monthly mean maximum temperature, mean monthly precipitation, reference evapotranspiration half monthly degree days, chilling hours, number of frost, drought stress, excess water, dry period, wet period, among others.

To make the Atlas have used the tools available from commercial geographic information systems, and the result is a document with 16 maps of continental Chile for many other climatic variables as well as 3 zoning maps for thermal, hydro, and agroclimatic Chile, which will be accessible online in digital format.

This set of maps in the future may be extended and integrated with other available data, obtaining more accurate and higher resolution, incorporating variables of economic, social and environmental as required.

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