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Historical Land Use Changes over the Past 300 Years (1700-1992)

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Abstract: This data set consists of two reconstructed historical land use
databases. One database was developed at the National Institute of
Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands and the
other was developed at the Center for Sustainability and the Global
Environment (SAGE), University of Wisconsin-Madison. These two
databases used historical statistical ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Ramankutty, N., K.K. Goldewijk
Dataset Title: Historical Land Use Changes over the Past 300 Years
Dataset Release Date: 2001
Dataset Release Place: Madison, WI and Bilthove, The Netherlands
Dataset Publisher: SAGE and RIVM
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1700-01-01
Stop Date: 1992-12-31
Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
Longitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
Temporal Resolution: annual, decadal, multi-decadal
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Originating Center
Data Center
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (+31) 30 274 3833
Fax: (+31) 30 274 4427
Email: kees.klein.goldewijk at
Contact Address:
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP)
Box 303, NL-3720 AH
City: Bilthoven
Postal Code: 3720 AH
Country: The Netherlands
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Distribution Media: WWW, CD-ROM
Distribution Format: ASCII, netCDF
Fees: None
Email: nramanku at
Contact Address:
Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1710 University Avenue
City: Madison
Province or State: WI
Postal Code: 53726
Country: USA
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Ramankutty, N., and J.A. Foley (1999). Estimating historical changes
in global land cover: croplands from 1700 to 1992, Global
Biogeochemical Cycles 13(4), 997-1027.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-11-19
Last DIF Revision Date: 2016-11-18
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