Bright Earth eAtlas Basemap (NERP TE 13.1 eAtlas, AIMS)

The Bright Earth eAtlas Basemap dataset collection is a satellite-derived global map of the world at a 1:1M scale for most of the world and 1:200k scale for Australia. This map was inspired by Natural Earth II (NEII) and NASA's Blue Marble Next Generation (BMNG) imagery. Its aim was to provide a basemap similar to NEII but with a higher resolution (~10x). This basemaps is derived from the following datasets: Blue Marble Next Generation 2004-04 (NASA), VMap0 coastline, Coast100k 2004 Australian coastline (GeoScience Australia), SRTM30 Plus v8.0 (UCSD) hillshading, Natural Earth Vector 10m bathymetry and coastline v2.0 (NE), gbr100 hillshading (JCU). This dataset (World_Bright-Earth-e-Atlas-basemap) contains all the files required to setup the Bright Earth eAtlas basemap in a GeoServer. All the data files are stored in GeoTiffs or shapefiles and so can also be loaded into ArcMap, however no styling has been included for this purpose.

The aim of this dataset collection was to create a global basemap that can be used by the eAtlas and others and have sufficient resolution to visualise datasets on the GBR.

Principal Investigator
Lawrey, Eric, Dr Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

Data Usage Constraints
  • All the new source material (stylings, GeoServer configuration, this file) produced by the eAtlas is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia Licence (, however for the source datasets used to make the basemap each have their own license that must be followed. For more information on this see the readme.txt bundled with the download of the Bright Earth dataset.
  • Attribution 2.5 Australia
  • To cite this dataset in a printed document: Lawrey, Eric. (2013), Bright Earth eAtlas Basemap v1.0 (AIMS, GBRMPA, JCU, DSITIA, GA, UCSD, NASA, OSM, ESRI). [publisher] eAtlas. [Data files] License: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia. Available To cite in the legend of a printed map: Bright Earth eAtlas basemap v1.0 (AIMS, GBRMPA, JCU, DSITIA, GA, UCSD, NASA, OSM, ESRI), CC BY AU 3.0 or "Bright Earth eAtlas basemap v1.0 (AIMS)" if you are really squeezed for space. To cite in a web map use code similar to: Bright Earth eAtlas Basemap v1.0 (AIMS, GBRMPA, JCU, DSITIA, GA, UCSD, NASA, OSM, ESRI) CC BY

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