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In this paper the authors integrated land cover information, land use and management intensity, and landscape characteristics, and developed a comprehensive and high-resolution representation (1-km2) of European land systems. Based on insights from ecologists and relevance to biodiversity studies, they applied an expert-based hierarchical classification approach and identified 7 major land systems and 26 classes. They also used nine EU-wide bird species to demonstrate the added-values of our map to study species distribution, compared to the land cover only data.
Their results highlight several important messages to the GLP science community and the wider environment and biodiversity research communities:
This work is led by Yue Dou (@gracedou) from Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with colleagues Ziga Malek(@zigamalek) and @Peter Verburg(peterverburg11) and ecologists from CNRS and University of Rome.