Global terrestrial human footprint maps for 1993 and 2009

Venter, Oscar, Sanderson, Eric W., Magrach, Ainhoa, Allan, James R., Beher, Jutta, Jones, Kendall R., Possingham, Hugh P., Laurance, William F., Wood, Peter, Fekete, Balázs M., Levy, Marc A. and Watson, James E. M. (2016) Global terrestrial human footprint maps for 1993 and 2009. Scientific Data, 3 . doi:10.1038/sdata.2016.67

Author Venter, Oscar
Sanderson, Eric W.
Magrach, Ainhoa
Allan, James R.
Beher, Jutta
Jones, Kendall R.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Laurance, William F.
Wood, Peter
Fekete, Balázs M.
Levy, Marc A.
Watson, James E. M.
Title Global terrestrial human footprint maps for 1993 and 2009
Journal name Scientific Data   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2052-4463
Publication date 2016-08-23
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/sdata.2016.67
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Remotely-sensed and bottom-up survey information were compiled on eight variables measuring the direct and indirect human pressures on the environment globally in 1993 and 2009. This represents not only the most current information of its type, but also the first temporally-consistent set of Human Footprint maps. Data on human pressures were acquired or developed for: 1) built environments, 2) population density, 3) electric infrastructure, 4) crop lands, 5) pasture lands, 6) roads, 7) railways, and 8) navigable waterways. Pressures were then overlaid to create the standardized Human Footprint maps for all non-Antarctic land areas. A validation analysis using scored pressures from 3114×1 km2 random sample plots revealed strong agreement with the Human Footprint maps. We anticipate that the Human Footprint maps will find a range of uses as proxies for human disturbance of natural systems. The updated maps should provide an increased understanding of the human pressures that drive macro-ecological patterns, as well as for tracking environmental change and informing conservation science and application.
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