[CF-metadata] New area_types for LUMIP subgrid land-use tile reporting

alison.pamment at stfc.ac.uk alison.pamment at stfc.ac.uk
Wed Jan 25 09:48:59 MST 2017

Dear David and Lena,

I will shortly be making an update to the CF area_types table and I will be adding the changes we agreed previously: http://mailman.cgd.ucar.edu/pipermail/cf-metadata/2016/059111.html. I have found what appears to be a reasonable definition for 'urban' which I have quoted straight from the given reference. Is this OK or can you point me to a more recent reference, perhaps one with a doi?

' "Primary and secondary land" is all vegetated land that is not in active use as cropland or pastureland, including forests, grasslands, bare ground and vegetated wetlands. "Primary land" is land that has never been subjected to human disturbance. "Secondary land" is land that has undergone human disturbance and has either subsequently been abandoned or is currently being managed for human use (e.g., wood harvest). Reference: Hurtt et al. (2011), Climatic Change, 109 - 117, Harmonization of land-use scenarios for the period 1500-2100: 600 years of global gridded annual land-use transitions, wood harvest, and resulting secondary lands, doi: 10.1007/s10584-011-0153-2. "Primary and secondary land" refers to a land use, rather than to specific categories of vegetation, and is distinct from the area types for primary and secondary trees.'

'Pastures are assumed to be anthropogenic in origin. They include anthropogenically managed pastureland and rangeland.'

'Urban or Built-up Land is comprised of areas of intensive use with much of the land covered by structures. Included in this category are cities, towns, villages, strip developments along highways, transportation, power, and communications facilities, and areas such as those occupied by mills, shopping centers, industrial and commercial complexes, and institutions that may, in some instances, be isolated from urban areas. Reference: Anderson, J.R, E. E. Hardy, J. T. Roach and R. E. Witmer (1976), A Land Use And Land Cover Classification System For Use With Remote Sensor Data, Appendix C Land Use Defintions, Geological Survey Professional Paper 964, A revision of the land use classification system as presented in U.S. Geological Survey Circular 671, https://www.usbr.gov/lc/socal/reports/SMappend_C.pdf.'

Best wishes,

Alison Pamment                                                       Tel: +44 1235 778065
Centre for Environmental Data Analysis         Email: alison.pamment at stfc.ac.uk
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