Landscape fragmentation Effective Mesh Density time-series: major and medium anthropogenic fragmenting elements (FGA2-S)

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Created 28 Nov 2019 Published 16 Dec 2019 Last modified 17 Dec 2019
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The datasets below correspond to a new version of the Effective Mesh Density (seff) 2016 dataset with improved input data, for the years 2009, 2012 and 2015. This time-series uses the Copernicus Imperviousness and the TomTom TeleAtlas datasets as fragmenting geometries. The Effective Mesh Density (seff) is a measure of the degree to which movement between different parts of the landscape is interrupted by a Fragmentation Geometry (FG). FGs are defined as the presence of impervious surfaces and traffic infrastructure, including medium sized roads. The more FGs fragment the landscape, the higher the effective mesh density hence the higher the fragmentation. An important consequence of landscape fragmentation is the increased isolation of ecosystem patches that breaks the structural connections and decreases resilience and ability of habitats to provide various ecosystem services. Fragmentation also influences human communities, agriculture, recreation and overall quality of life. Monitoring how fragmentation decreases landscape quality and changes the visual perception of landscapes provides information for policy measures that aim at improving ecosystem condition and restoration as well as maintaining the attractiveness of landscapes for recreational activities. The geographic coverage of the datasets is EEA39.

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Landscape fragmentation Effective Mesh Density time-series
  • Landscape fragmentation Effective Mesh Density time-series, 2009: major and medium anthropogenic fragmenting elements (FGA2-S) version 1.0, Nov. 2019
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  • Landscape fragmentation Effective Mesh Density time-series, 2012: major and medium anthropogenic fragmenting elements (FGA2-S) version 1.0, Nov. 2019
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