A reconstruction of global agricultural areas and land cover for the last millennium

  title={A reconstruction of global agricultural areas and land cover for the last millennium},
  author={Julia Pongratz and Christian Reick and Thomas J{\"u}rgen Raddatz and Martin Claussen},
  journal={Global Biogeochemical Cycles},
Humans have substantially modified the Earth's land cover, especially by transforming natural ecosystems to agricultural areas. In preindustrial times, the expansion of agriculture was probably the dominant process by which humankind altered the Earth system, but little is known about its extent, timing, and spatial pattern. This study presents an approach to reconstruct spatially explicit changes in global agricultural areas (cropland and pasture) and the resulting changes in land cover over… 
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