Spatial distribution of arable and abandoned land across former Soviet Union countries

Lesiv, M. ORCID:, Schepaschenko, D. ORCID:, Moltchanova, E., Bun, R., Dürauer, M., Prishchepov, A.V., Schierhorn, F., Estel, S., et al. (2018). Spatial distribution of arable and abandoned land across former Soviet Union countries. Scientific Data 5 e180056. 10.1038/sdata.2018.56.

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Project: Exploring the potential for agricultural and biomass trade in the Commonwealth of Independent States (AGRICISTRADE, FP7 612755), Sustainable futures for Europe’s HERitage in CULtural landscapES: Tools for understanding, managing, and protecting landscape functions and values (HERCULES, FP7 603447), Spatially integrated forest carbon accounting system (SIFCAS, FP7 627481), Stimulating Innovation for Global Monitoring of Agriculture and its Impact on the Environment in support of GEOGLAM (SIGMA, FP7 603719), Visions Of LANd use Transitions in Europe (VOLANTE, FP7 265104), Harnessing the power of crowdsourcing to improve land cover and land-use information (CROWDLAND, FP7 617754), Geo-Wiki


Knowledge of the spatial distribution of agricultural abandonment following the collapse of the Soviet Union is highly uncertain. To help improve this situation, we have developed a new map of arable and abandoned land for 2010 at a 10 arc-second resolution. We have fused together existing land cover and land use maps at different temporal and spatial scales for the former Soviet Union (fSU) using a training data set collected from visual interpretation of very high resolution (VHR) imagery. We have also collected an independent validation data set to assess the map accuracy. The overall accuracies of the map by region and country, i.e. Caucasus, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine, are 90±2%, 84±2%, 92±1%, 78±3%, 95±1%, 83±2%, respectively. This new product can be used for numerous applications including the modelling of biogeochemical cycles, land-use modelling, the assessment of trade-offs between ecosystem services and land-use potentials (e.g., agricultural production), among others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, Climate sciences, Ecology, Environmental impact, Environmental social sciences, Geo-Wiki
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2018 13:03
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 13:51

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