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Mapping is a tool to assess land use.

Note: See also 2nd Joint International Workshop on Bioenergy, Biodiversity Mapping and Degraded Lands


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)[1]

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.

GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts.

A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.

Land Use Mapping Efforts

  • European Union
    • The European Environment Agency carries out land-use characterizations for its territory: [2]
    • The European Joint Research Center - Institute for Environment and Sustainability oeprates several programs on land-use, including carbon, soil characteristic, and biodiversity: [3]

Biomass Potential Mapping

  • US Government
    • ORNL

Mapping of High Biodiversity and/or High Conservation Value Areas

Satellite Imagery

  • NASA
  • Google Earth


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2nd Joint International Workshop on Bioenergy, Biodiversity Mapping and Degraded Lands
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