Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Data description paper
02 Sep 2020
Data description paper |  | 02 Sep 2020

Earth transformed: detailed mapping of global human modification from 1990 to 2017

David M. Theobald, Christina Kennedy, Bin Chen, James Oakleaf, Sharon Baruch-Mordo, and Joe Kiesecker


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AR by David Theobald on behalf of the Authors (26 Jun 2020)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Jul 2020) by David Carlson
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (25 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Jul 2020) by David Carlson
AR by David Theobald on behalf of the Authors (28 Jul 2020)  Author's response    Manuscript

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Short summary
We developed a global, high-resolution dataset and quantified recent rates of land transformation and current patterns of human modification for 2017, globally. Briefly, we found that increased human activities and land use modification have caused 1.6 × 106 km2 of natural land to be lost between 1990 and 2015 and the rate of loss has increased over that time. While troubling, we believe these findings are invaluable to underpinning global and national discussions of conservation priorities.