The Cropland and Pasture Area in 2000 data set, created by EarthStat, the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment (UMN IonE), and the Land Use and Global Environment Lab at the University of British Columbia (LUGE Lab at UBC), was created to understand the extent and spatial distribution of agricultural activities. This data set was created by combining agricultural inventory data and satellite-derived land cover data. The agricultural inventory data were used to train a land cover classification data set obtained by merging 2 different satellite-derived products: Boston University's MODIS-derived land cover product and the GLC2000 data set. A set of climatic parameters were set to mask obviously nonagriculture areas, such as open shrubland in boreal Canada, within the satellite data. Protected/minimal use areas in central Australia, which otherwise got classified as pasture, were also masked. The cropland and pasture area data are global and presented at 5-arc minute spatial resolution. Resource Watch shows only a subset of the data set. For access to the full data set and additional information, see the Learn More link.
Cropland and Pasture Area in 2000
This data set is calculated based on agricultural inventory data and satellite-derived land cover data and should be used with caution when making decisions based on the data.
Ramankutty, N., A.T. Evan, C. Monfreda, and J.A. Foley (2008). "Farming the planet: 1. Geographic Distribution of global agricultural lands in the year 2000. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 22, Gb1003, doi:10.1029/2007/GB002952." Accessed through Resource Watch, (date). www.resourcewatch.org.
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