GAEZ - Global Agro-Ecological Zones
 


FAO initiative brings global land cover data under one roof for the first time

GLC-SHARE database is available for download at FAO Geonetwork

New database most-reliable global view of planetary land cover assembled to-date

17 March 2014, Rome - A new FAO database released today collects previously scattered and unharmonized land cover information from around the globe into one centralized database, marking a major improvement in information regarding the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface.

Up to now, one of the major challenges to getting a good global overview of land cover - e.g. how much land is covered by croplands, trees or forests, bare soils, etc. - has been the fact that different countries and organizations go about identifying, measuring and recording such data in diverse ways.

Additional information on the product, methodology available at: http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/216144/icode/ 

GLC-SHARE database can be downloaded at: http://www.fao.org/geonetwork/srv/en/main.home?uuid=ba4526fd-cdbf-4028-a1bd-5a559c4bff38 

 

GLC-SHARE shall be used for the update of the GAEZ version 4 which is ongoing by FAO and IIASA.

 

Date
18/03/2014

Photogallery

Rice terraces. Indonesia. ©FAO/Roberto Faidutti / FAO
Dominant land cover pattern. GAEZ. ©FAO/IIASA
Input supply to vulnerable populations under the ISFP. Kenya. ©FAO/Sarah Elliott / FAO
Thermal zones. GAEZ. ©FAO/IIASA
Close up of apples, limes, oranges and tomatoes on sale at a local market in Nepal. ©FAO/Giampiero Diana / FAO
Aggregate crop yield in 2000. GAEZ. ©FAO/IIASA
Harvesting rice in east Java. Indonesia. H. Null / FAO
Dominant land cover pattern. GAEZ. ©FAO/IIASA
Flood recession rice fields. Cambodia. ©FAO/ Giuseppe Bizzarri/ FAO
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