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Global Land Databases for Environmental Analyses

Remote Sensing

  1. Thomas R. Loveland

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470027318.a2308

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry

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Loveland, T. R. 2006. Global Land Databases for Environmental Analyses. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. .

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  1. US Geological Survey EROS Data Center, Sioux Falls, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Global land databases present the area, spatial extent, location, and patterns of land characteristics. Land cover, the natural and artificial materials on the land surface, is the most widely available and used land data theme, but soils and elevation global databases are also found. These land data sets are key inputs to many global and regional environmental models and provide a means to parameterize key landscape processes used in studies of climate and meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, ecological dynamics, hydrology, and resource management.