Atlas for a Changing Planet
Understanding natural and human systems is an essential first step toward reducing the severity of climate change and adapting to a warmer future. Maps and geographic information systems are the primary tools by which scientists, policymakers, planners, and activists visualize and understand our rapidly changing world. Spatial information informs decisions about how to build a better future. Scroll down or click below to explore a sampling of maps from Esri's ArcGIS Online resource on these themes: 1. Understanding Natural Systems 2. 3. 4. 5. Photo by DAVID ILIFF. Tap for details Swipe to explore Tap to get back to the Map Swipe to explore For hundreds of millions of years, carbon has cycled through the Earth and its atmosphere, oceans, and biosphere. Click on the map for details. Source: European Space Agency (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Forests are a carbon sink—they absorb more carbon than they release via photosynthesis. > Click here to see forest loss Source: Esri, Mark J.