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Global Climate Maps
The global climate maps presented here are based on data for mean monthly values of temperature, precipitation and cloudiness prepared in 1991 by R. Leemans and W. Cramer and published by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. Global maps can be viewed for rainfall, temperature and sunshine fraction. For each of these parameters, the data can be displayed as the average annual or monthly value, or an animation of each month of the year. Several maps show the world climate according to the Koeppen classification system, which classifies climates as tropical, dry, temperate, cold, and polar. In addition, there are maps of biomass potential. The maps on this website would be useful for research or presentations; the animations are especially effective for showing seasonal changes across the globe. The data and maps can also be downloaded and manipulated with the WinDisp software, which is available for download.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Map
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Tools:
    • Software
  • Biology
  • Climatology
Technical requirements:
WinDisp is needed to download and manipulate the maps, but the maps can be viewed with a basic web browser. WinDisp is available to download from this website.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Permission to make digital or hard copies of part or all of this work for personal or classroom use is hereby granted without fee and without a formal request provided that copies are not made or distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear this notice and full citation on the first page. Copyright for components of this work owned by others than FAO must be honoured. To copy otherwise, to republish, to post on servers, or to redistribute to lists, requires prior specific permission and/or fee.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-674
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Sustainable Development Department, Food and Agriculture Organization