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
Publisher: Agropolis International France
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC99740
ISBN: 978-2-35682-379-3
URI: http://3sc.unccd.int
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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