Used Planet

Ellis, EC, JO Kaplan, DQ Fuller, S Vavrus, K Klein Goldewijk & PH Verburg. 2013. Used planet: A global history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:7978-7985. [download]

GIS DATASET (in one .zip file; 75MB)
Full Details on data and structure in <readme.txt>
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GIS data archive includes, as ESRI GRID files:

  • Data layers used in Figure 1 of Ellis et al (2013).
  • Data for total % land use per grid cell in different time periods over the past 8000 years, based on two different Anthropogenic Land Cover Change (ALCC) datasets:
  • HYDE 3.1 (Klein Goldewijk et al, 2011)
  • KK10 (Kaplan et al, 2011)

Other Files:

  • ArcGIS Map Document (.mxd), reproducing maps in Figure 1.
  • Map Graphics for Figure 1 are included as .tif files.
  • Separate downloads: PDF of Map Graphic

References Cited:

Ellis, E. C., J. O. Kaplan, D. Q. Fuller, S. Vavrus, K. Klein Goldewijk, and P. H. Verburg. 2013. Used planet: A global history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110:7978-7985. [download]

Kaplan, JO, KM Krumhardt, EC Ellis, WF Ruddiman, C Lemmen, and K Klein Goldewijk. 2011. Holocene carbon emissions as a result of anthropogenic land cover change. The Holocene 21:775-791.

Klein Goldewijk, K, A Beusen, G van Drecht, and M de Vos. 2011. The HYDE 3.1 spatially explicit database of human induced global land use change over the past 12,000 years. Global Ecology & Biogeography 20:73-86.