Tuesday, September 17, 2013

E-Flora BC Mapping: New Distribution Data Now Added for Vascular Plants

On E-Flora BC, we map the data provided to us from several institutions and other sources, including specimen records, observation data, and photo records--provided that these sources include coordinates (georeferencing) with their data. This information in provided in database format, from which we extract the species name and location information, as well as other associated information.

Until recently, ten data sources (databases) were used to map vascular plant species distributions. These are

The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia (IFBC)
The BC Conservation Data Centre records (CDC)
Consortium of Pacific Northwester Herbaria (CPNW)
GBIF records
Royal BC Museum (V)
University of British Columbia Herbarium (UBC)
University of Alaska (ALA)
E-Flora Photo Records
Biogeographic Ecosystem Classification (90% observation data)
Invasive Alien Plant Program (observation data)

We have now added two new data sources: the specimen data from Marie-Victorin Herbarium (MT) and the Green Plant Herbarium (TRT), each of which have many BC records.

You can view a list of all data providers for any E-Flora maps by opening the legend associated with the full-sized interactive maps.

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