TITLE

Mapping global development potential for renewable energy, fossil fuels, mining and agriculture sectors

AUTHOR(S)
Oakleaf, James R.; Kennedy, Christina M.; Baruch-Mordo, Sharon; Gerber, James S.; West, Paul C.; Johnson, Justin A.; Kiesecker, Joseph
PUB. DATE
June 2019
SOURCE
Scientific Data;6/27/2019, Vol. 6 Issue 1, pN.PAG
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Mapping suitable land for development is essential to land use planning efforts that aim to model, anticipate, and manage trade-offs between economic development and the environment. Previous land suitability assessments have generally focused on a few development sectors or lack consistent methodologies, thereby limiting our ability to plan for cumulative development pressures across geographic regions. Here, we generated 1-km spatially-explicit global land suitability maps, referred to as "development potential indices" (DPIs), for 13 sectors related to renewable energy (concentrated solar power, photovoltaic solar, wind, hydropower), fossil fuels (coal, conventional and unconventional oil and gas), mining (metallic, non-metallic), and agriculture (crop, biofuels expansion). To do so, we applied spatial multi-criteria decision analysis techniques that accounted for both resource potential and development feasibility. For each DPI, we examined both uncertainty and sensitivity, and spatially validated the map using locations of planned development. We illustrate how these DPIs can be used to elucidate potential individual sector expansion and cumulative development patterns. Design Type(s) data integration objective • modeling and simulation objective • population modeling objective Measurement Type(s) land conversion process Technology Type(s) digital curation Factor Type(s) sector • geographic location • material_entity Sample Characteristic(s) Earth (Planet) • anthropogenic habitat • fossil fuel • cropland ecosystem • natural environment • mineral deposit Machine-accessible metadata file describing the reported data (ISA-Tab format)
ACCESSION #
137207365

 

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