To better classify and manage your layers, the following categories must be chosen for each layer:
Flora and/or fauna in natural environment
Examples: Wildlife, vegetation, biological sciences, ecology, wilderness, sealife, wetlands, habitat
Legal land descriptions, maritime boundaries.
Examples: Political and administrative boundaries, territorial seas, EEZ, port security zones
Climatology Meteorology Atmosphere
Processes and phenomena of the atmosphere.
Examples: Cloud cover, weather, climate, atmospheric conditions, climate change, precipitation
Information related to disasters.
Examples: Site of the disaster, evacuation zone, disaster-prevention facility, disaster relief activities
Economic activities, conditions and employment.
Examples: Production, labour, revenue, commerce, industry, tourism and ecotourism, forestry, fisheries, commercial or subsistence hunting, exploration and exploitation of resources such as minerals, oil and gas
Height above or below a vertical datum.
Examples: Altitude, bathymetry, digital elevation models, slope, derived products
Environmental resources, protection and conservation. Examples: Environmental pollution, waste storage and treatment, environmental impact assessment, monitoring environmental risk, nature reserves, landscape
Region more than 100 km above the surface of the Earth
High-level geographic data thematic classification to assist in the grouping and search of available geographic data sets.
Examples: Agriculture, irrigation, aquaculture, plantations, herding, pests and diseases affecting crops and livestock
Information pertaining to earth sciences.
Examples: Geophysical features and processes, geology, minerals, sciences dealing with the composition, structure and origin of the earthâ€™s rocks, risks of earthquakes, volcanic activity, landslides, gravity information, soils, permafrost, hydrogeology, erosion
Health, health services, human ecology, and safety.
Examples: Disease and illness, factors affecting health, hygiene, substance abuse, mental and physical health, health services
Imagery Base Maps Earth Cover
Base maps. Examples:
Land cover, topographic maps, imagery, unclassified images, annotations
Inland water features, drainage systems and their characteristics.
Examples: Rivers and glaciers, salt lakes, water utilization plans, dams, currents, floods, water quality, hydrologic information
Military bases, structures, activities.
Examples: Barracks, training grounds, military transportation, information collection
Positional information and services.
Examples: Addresses, geodetic networks, control points, postal zones and services, place names
Features and characteristics of salt water bodies (excluding inland waters).
Examples: Tides, tsunamis, coastal information, reefs
Planning & Cadastre
Information used for appropriate actions for future use of the land.
Examples: Land use maps, zoning maps, cadastral surveys, land ownership
Characteristics of society and cultures.
Examples: Settlements, anthropology, archaeology, education, traditional beliefs, manners and customs, demographic data, recreational areas and activities, social impact assessments, crime and justice, census information
Examples: Buildings, museums, churches, factories, housing, monuments, shops, towers
Means and aids for conveying persons and/or goods.
Examples: Roads, airports/airstrips, shipping routes, tunnels, nautical charts, vehicle or vessel location, aeronautical charts, railways
Utilities & Communication
Energy, water and waste systems and communications infrastructure and services.
Examples: Hydroelectricity, geothermal, solar and nuclear sources of energy, water purification and distribution, sewage collection and disposal, electricity and gas distribution, data communication, telecommunication, radio, communication networks