Physiographic Units Level 2 1:250,000 Ireland (ROI) ITM

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The term Physiography can be described as a blending of “physical" and "geography". Physiographic Units show Ireland’s physical landscape divided into categories such as ‘Bedrock plain’ and ‘Flat to undulating sediments’. Areas are grouped based on bedrock geology (solid rock at or below the land surface), Quaternary (largely Ice Age) sediments and geomorphology (landforms). Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and Aerial photography are also used. Three maps were made, each giving a different level of detail. The Level 1 map has 7 categories. These show bedrock landscapes at different heights above sea level such as mountains (more than 300 m), hills (100 to 300 m) and plains (less than 100 m). Sediment (sand, gravel and soil) landscapes are grouped by slopes, such as rolling (gentle hills), hummocky (small lumpy hills) and flat. The Level 2 map has 16 categories. These show bedrock landscapes with different texture (how rough or smooth it is) or rugosity (how wrinkly it is), depending on the bedrock type (e.g. granite bedrock evolves into rounded mountains or hills). Sediment (sand, gravel and soil) landscapes are grouped by the type of geological process shaping them eg (Drumlin and ribbed moraine topography).

The Level 3 map has 29 categories. This is the most complex and further categorises in a similar way to level 2. Areas were mapped at scales ranging from 1:30,000 to 1:100,000 (1cm on the map relates to 1km). The map is designed to be used at 1:250,000 scale (1cm on the map relates to 2.5km). It is a vector dataset. Vector data portray the world using points, lines, and polygons (areas). This data is shown as polygons. Each polygon has a unique identifier and its landscape category.

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Theme Science
Date released 2018-04-11
Date updated 2021-10-18
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes ['Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)', 'Data that is produced directly by the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) is free for use under the conditions of Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.\n\n\n\n\n\nUnder the CC-BY Licence, users must acknowledge the source of the Information in their product or application.\n\nPlease use this specific attribution statement: "Contains Irish Public Sector Data (Geological Survey Ireland) licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence".\n\nIn cases where it is not practical to use the statement users may include a URI or hyperlink to a resource that contains the required attribution statement.', 'license']
Update frequency Never
Language English
Landing page
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-11.0, 50.0],[-11.0, 56.0], [-5.0, 56.0], [-5.0, 50.0], [-11.0, 50.0]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) Irish Transverse Mercator (ITM, EPSG:2157)
Vertical Extent {"verticalDomainName": "sea level", "minVerticalExtent": "0", "maxVerticalExtent": "1041"}