Web Atlas














Interactive Zone Map

The Web Atlas is intended to help users visualize the distribution of terrestrial ecosystems across the Province of British Columbia. By moving your mouse over the repective zones you will be able to view the ranges and locations of each biogeoclimatic zone. If you would like further information, simply click on the particular zone of interest and you will taken to a page containing further data on location, climate, wildlife, vegetaion, and resource.

How the Biogeoclimatic Zones Classification Works

The Biogeoclimatic Zone Classification system groups ecosystems at three levels: regional, local, and chronological. At the regional level, vegetation, soils, and topography are used to infer the regional climate and to identify geographic areas that have relatively uniform climate. These geographic areas are termed biogeoclimatic units.

In order to arrange ecosystems at the three levels of integration, the Biogeoclimatic Zone Classification system combines four classifications: vegetation, climatic (zonal), site, and seral. Vegetation classification is most important to developing the ecosystem classification. However, the climatic and site classifications are the principal classifications used in the application of the Biogeoclimatic Zone Classfication system. At this time the seral classification has not been adequately developed.