A data-driven reconstruction of historic land cover/use change of Europe for the period 1900 to 2010

Promotie

A data-driven reconstruction of historic land cover/use change of Europe for the period 1900 to 2010

Promovendus R (Richard) Fuchs
Promotor prof.dr. M (Martin) Herold
Copromotor dr.ir. JGPW (Jan) Clevers
Copromotor prof. dr ir PH Verburg
Organisatie Wageningen University & Research, Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Datum

ma 12 oktober 2015 13:30 tot 15:00

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Summary

This thesis aimed to reconstruct historic European land cover/use and its changes for the period from 1900 to 2010 on 1 km spatial resolution for five different land categories (settlement, cropland, forest, grassland, other land). The main objective of this thesis was to explore new reconstruction methods that improve the spatial and temporal detail and reduce the uncertainty in historic land change estimates at continental level by better using available data sources (e.g. historic maps, old encyclopaedia or recent remote sensing products). The main objective was achieved by providing a full representation of all land changes (gains and losses) at continental scale in order to capture all major land change processes and their dynamics for Europe throughout the last century. The thesis also explored the implications of those change dynamics on environmental and biogeochemical research, such as climate change research.