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|Title:||Monitoring and integrated evaluation of changing land productivity dynamics in relation to critical issues for combating land degradation - the world atlas of desertification approach|
|Authors:||CHERLET Michael; IVITS Eva; KUTNJAK HRVOJE; SMID MAREK; SOMMER Stefan|
|Publisher:||Agropolis International France|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||The dynamics of the Earth’s covering biomass, or standing biomass, is a good expression of the general level of the potential to supply, or keep on supplying, ecosystem services. Assessing vegetative cover dynamics approximates a measure for general productivity levels of the land’s human-environment system. Land-productivity reflects climatic constraints, the overall quality of the land, the efficiency of using the land and other resources and it indirectly indicates the level at which these resources are appropriated for human use, i.e. land used for intensive/extensive agriculture, grazing, forestry or urban areas. Hence, land-productivity dynamics might indicate levels of lost or sustai ned land-quality and may aid in land degradation assessments.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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