Broad Ecosystem Inventory Classification Spatial Layer

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Published by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy - Ecosystems
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The Broad Ecosystem Inventory (BEI) Classification provides broad regional information about the distribution of ecosystems throughout the province and the value of these ecosystems to wildlife. This is done in order to facilitate the use of wildlife information in broad regional land and resource planning initiatives. Broad Ecosystem Units are mapped based on imagery of the provincial land base generally captured at a scale of 1:250,000.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


To facilitate the protection of wildlife habitat, ecosytems, and biodiversity.

Lineage Statement

BEI originated in 1985 as Biophysical Mapping produced to meet strategic level planning and wildlife conservation needs.

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Contact Information

NameDavid Tesch (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Government
Who can download this dataset?Government

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-15
Record Last Modified 2020-09-14
Resource Status completed

Object Description



Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
BEI_SKEY BEI_SKEY NUMBER 28 System generated value uniquely identifying the BEI feature.
AREA AREA NUMBER 18 Shows the area of the ecosystem polygon in Ha.
PERIMETER PERIMETER NUMBER 12 Polygon perimeter in metres
QBEI_TAG QBEI_TAG VARCHAR2 20 A tag number used to uniquely identify a mapping unit (polygon) within the Province of BC.
FEATURE_CODE FTRCD VARCHAR2 10 MELP standard feature code.
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters