Landscapes in transition: An account of 25 years of land cover change in Europe

G.B.M. Pedroli, Andrus Meiner

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Land is the foundation of our society and a source of economic growth. On land we build our homes, transport goods, grow our food and produce our energy. We expect land to filter our water and host the biodiversity that provides essential aspects of our livelihood. Landscape is one of the most precious assets contributing to Europe's cultural identity. As landscape is determined to a large extent by land use, the study of land use changes, especially through changes in the land cover, provides clues to the drivers of the transitions that landscape is currently going through. New data on land cover change in Europe up to 2012 show that total land cover change increased from the 2000‑2006 period to the 2006‑2012 period. There are indications that land use is changing even faster, e.g. through changes in agricultural practices, with a time lag of several years before the change is reflected and discernible in the land cover and landscape. Almost all trends in land cover change in Europe have been consistent throughout the 1990‑2012 period and show persistent conversion of agricultural land into man‑made surfaces, such as urban areas and infrastructure facilities. Land cover changes related to forest management remain largest in terms of total turnover.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherEuropean Environment Agency (EEA)
Number of pages84
ISBN (Electronic)9789292138820
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameEEA report
ISSN (Electronic)1977-8449


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