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The global component of LADA provides a baseline assessment of global trends in land degradation using a range of indicators collected by processing satellite data and existing global databases. The main indicators are:

  • Net Primary Productivity (NPP)
  • Rainfall Use Efficiency (RUE)
  • Aridity Index
  • Rainfall variability
  • Erosion risk

These indicators are then interpreted on the basis of a Global Land Use Systems map , which provides an overview of the main factors due to human interventions that affect the development of land degradation in a given area. These are:

  • Land cover
  • Urban and protected areas
  • Livestock pressure
  • Irrigation
  • Crops
  • Temperature and thermal regime
  • Rainfall regime
  • Dominant soils and terrain slope
  • Population density
  • Poverty

Enter the Global Land Degradation Information System - GLADIS (beta version)