Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1953-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-12-1953-2020
Data description paper
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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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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.
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