The human footprint points to the relationship between how many natural resources we use, and how much nature can restored.

This map shows the spatial distribution of balance between consumption and natural restoration, using several measurement techniques.

Geographically speaking, the human footprint is spread unevenly. This is to a large extent due to differences in purchasing power of consumers and the types of environments they live in.

Print quality

The map is printed using museum-quality paper weighting 200g/m2 (200 gsm / 80 lb), using thick and long-lasting premium matte paper. The paper is FSC certified, which means that it is derived from a sustainably managed forest, and we use environmentally friendly ink. Prints are to a large extent locally printed, which saves transport emissions. 

Please note that the print does not come with a frame or a hanger, this needs to be ordered separately. 


A beautiful wooden frames with the following specifications:

- Lightweight 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8") thick frame

- Shatterproof, transparent plexiglass.

- Includes hanging kit, to hang in both portrait and landscape orientations.

- For indoor use

Please note that the print are sold separately from the frame. 


A wooden magnetic poster hanger. Each hanger includes four wooden sticks, two that clamp the top of your print and two that clamp the bottom and a premium leather cord that matches the hanger colour. Strong magnets securely grip your artwork, while easily you to change the art whenever is needed.

- Magnetic design holds your print without damaging it.

- Premium leather cord matches the hanger colour.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For prints that are 100x70 cm, then hanger which is 71 cm only fit to the Arctic Bathymetry map, since this is the only map with a vertical orientation. 

Please note that the prints are sold separately from the hanger. 

Free shipping

We offer free worldwide shipping. It will usually take 5-7 days for you to receive your products from us. After ordering, you will receive an order confirmation. Once the poster is printed and shipped  a notification of the track id of your shipment will be emailed to you. 

The map is shipped in sturdy packaging protecting the poster


We have used the following data sources for making these maps: 

Airports regions

Data source: The database has been compiled from data stored on and the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF), curated by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). 


Data source: The database has been compiled from data stored on and the Digital Aeronautical Flight Information File (DAFIF), curated by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).


Data source: Flanders Marine Institute. 

Flight routes

Data source: Huang Z, Wu X, Garcia AJ, Fik TJ, Tatem AJ (2013) An Open-Access Modeled Passenger Flow Matrix for the Global Air Network in 2010. PLoS ONE 8(5):e64317. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064317 

Night lights

Data source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. National Centers for Environmental Information. 

Power lines

Data source: Open Street Map.

Power plants

Data source: Data source: Global Energy Observatory, Google, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Enipedia, World Resources Institute. 2018. Global Power Plant Database. Published on Resource Watch and Google Earth Engine; 


Data source: Open street maps. 

Endagered species

Data source: Mapographics, IUCN.  


Data source: Allen and Pavelsky (2018) Global Extent of Rivers and Streams. Science. 


Data source: Meijer, J.R., Huijbegts, M.A.J., Schotten, C.G.J. and Schipper, A.M. (2018): Global patterns of current and future road infrastructure. Environmental Research Letters, 13-064006. Data is available at 


Data source: Benjamin Halpern, Melanie Frazier, John Potapenko, Kenneth Casey, Kellee Koenig, et al. 2015. Cumulative human impacts: raw stressor data (2008 and 2013). Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity. doi:10.5063/F1S180FS.

Human biomes

Data source: Ellis, E. C., K. Klein Goldewijk, S. Siebert, D. Lightman, and N. Ramankutty. 2010. Anthropogenic transformation of the biomes, 1700 to 2000. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(5):589-606 

Arctic bathymetry

Data source: Mapographics, Becker, J. J., D. T. Sandwell, W. H. F. Smith, J. Braud, B. Binder, J. Depner, D. Fabre, J. Factor, S. Ingalls, S-H. Kim, R. Ladner, K. Marks, S. Nelson, A. Pharaoh, R. Trimmer, J. Von Rosenberg, G. Wallace, P. Weatherall., Global Bathymetry and Elevation Data at 30 Arc Seconds Resolution: SRTM30_PLUS, Marine Geodesy, 32:4, 355-371, 2009. Sandwell, D. T., and W. H. F. Smith, Global marine gravity from retracked Geosat and ERS-1 altimetry: Ridge Segmentation versus spreading rate, J. Geophys. Res., 114, B01411, doi:10.1029/2008JB006008, 2009." 

Intact nature

Data source: Tim Newbold; Lawrence N Hudson; Andrew P Arnell; Sara Contu et al. (2016). Dataset: Global map of the Biodiversity Intactness Index, from Newbold et al. (2016) Science. Natural History Museum Data Portal ( 


Data source: Nasa. Jet Propoulsion Laboratory. ASTER Global Digital Elevation Map.  

Forest cover

Data source: Hansen, M. C., P. V. Potapov, R. Moore, M. Hancher, S. A. Turubanova, A. Tyukavina, D. Thau, S. V. Stehman, S. J. Goetz, T. R. Loveland, A. Kommareddy, A. Egorov, L. Chini, C. O. Justice, and J. R. G. Townshend. 2013. “High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change.” Science 342 (15 November): 850–53. 

Land cover

Data source:  Chen J., Ban Y., Li S. China: Open access to Earth land-cover map[J]. Nature, 2014, 514(7523): 434-434. DOI:10.1038/514434c.

Human density

Data source: WorldPop ( - School of Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton; Department of Geography and Geosciences, University of Louisville; Departement de Geographie, Universite de Namur) and Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University (2018). Global High Resolution Population Denominators Project - Funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1134076). 

Human footprint

Data source: "Venter, O., E.W. Sanderson, A. Magrach, J.R. Allan, J. Beher, K.R. Jones, H.P. Possingham, W.F. Laurance, P. Wood, B.M. Fekete, M.A. Levy, J.E. Watson. 2016. ""Global Terrestrial Human Footprint Maps for 1993 and 2009."" Scientific Data 3: 160067. Accessed through Resource Watch, (date)."



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