[talk-au] Deserts, mapping and sources

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Fri Jan 19 19:55:03 UTC 2018

Best to have both? Then take a conservative approach - where both say 
desert, map it as desert.
However these do not say the names of the deserts and the boundaries 
between these deserts - some of them share boundaries.

The present OSM data has a number of deserts mapped as nodes .. so they 
should be findable .. they just don't render well.
At present to the causal map user there appears to be only one desert in 
Australia - the Simpson Desert.

On 19-Jan-18 08:01 PM, Andrew Davidson wrote:
> If you want to map the desert areas of Australia you don't need a 
> source. I've got Australian rainfall data on a 5km grid and I could 
> generate a polygon around the areas that get less than 250mm a year. 
> I'd be happy to release it under CC0.
> If you want a more sophisticated definition of desert I know the guys 
> who made this:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:K%C3%B6ppen_climate_classification_maps_of_Australia#/media/File:Australia-Oceania_Koppen_Map.png 
> and I think they'd be happy to give us permission to use the data in OSM.
> On 19/01/18 18:11, cleary wrote:
>> I agree that it would be useful to map deserts. The boundaries may be 
>> inexact and landcover is quite variable but they are geographic 
>> regions that users may occasionally search for, and they are major 
>> features of inland Australia.  However I don't yet know of a source 
>> we could use.
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