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The potential of old maps and encyclopaedias for reconstructing historic European land cover/use change

Fuchs, Richard ORCID iD icon; Verburg, Peter H.; Clevers, Jan G. P. W.; Herold, Martin


Continental to global reconstructions of historic land cover/use are important inputs for many envi- ronmental, ecological and biogeochemical studies. While local to regional reconstructions frequently make use of old topographic maps and land use statistics, continental to global reconstructions are mostly model-based reconstructions. As a result they are subject to large uncertainties. A wealth of historic land cover/use maps and statistics have been produced and these are now more accessible due to the ending of copyrights and secrecy statuses, enthusiastic hobbycommunities and national cartographic institutes or cadastres that have a strategy towards data sharing with society. In this paper we made use of historic statistics and old topographic maps to demonstrate the added value for model-based re- constructions of historic land cover/use for Central Europe back to 1900. We harmonized these diverse data types and different types of historic land data were incorporated into the land use reconstructions. The added value of using these data was evaluated using historical maps by performing a reconstruction with and without the historic information. ... mehr

DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.02.013
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung – Atmosphärische Umweltforschung (IMK-IFU)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 05.2015
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0143-6228, 1873-7730
KITopen-ID: 1000080673
Erschienen in Applied geography
Verlag Elsevier
Band 59
Seiten 43-55
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 07.03.2015
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