Where Are Different Climate Types Located?
THE KOPPEN CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION was defined for land areas and generally is depicted as a map covering a large area and portraying the regional or global distributions of different climate types. The map on these two pages covers the entire planet and is an Extended Koppen Classification, because we have extended the land-defined Koppen classification to encompass similar climatic conditions over the oceans. This allows us to better explore how different climates relate to regional atmospheric features, like high pressure in the subtropics. Study the patterns of different climates at the scale of the entire planet and then focus on a single continent or part of a continent. Refer to tables on the next two-page spread for a key to the labels. What is the label for the place where you live?