Global Land Databases for Environmental Analyses
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry
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Loveland, T. R. 2006. Global Land Databases for Environmental Analyses. Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry.
- 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.