The indicators included in the dataset Anthropogenic Biomes of the World are part of the Anthropogenic Biomes of the World (Version 2). This dataset describes anthropogenic transformations within the terrestrial biosphere caused by sustained direct human interaction with ecosystems, including agriculture and urbanization. According to Ellis et Al., (2011), anthrome classes ranges from wildlands - with little antrhropogenic impact on the ecosystem - to dense human settlements - in which the anthropogenic impact is maximum. We present here a subset of indicators measuring country-level extension (in sq. Km) of biomes that are relevant to rangelands and pastoralism, namely pastoral villages, residential rangelands, populated rangelands and remote rangelands. Full data and additional information are available at Anthropogenic Biomes of the World, v2 (2000).

Full citation for the data included here is: Ellis, E.C., K.K. Goldewijk, S. Siebert, D. Lightman, and N. Ramankutty. 2013. Anthropogenic Biomes of the World, Version 2: 2000. Palisades, NY: NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC). http://dx.doi.org/10.7927/H4D798B9.

For more information about anthrome classes, please visit Anthromes version 2 or consult: Ellis, E. C., K. Klein Goldewijk, S. Siebert, D. Lightman, and N. Ramankutty. 2010. Anthropogenic transformation of the biomes, 1700 to 2000. Global Ecology and Biogeography 19(5):589-606.

Indicator Min-Max
Number of years
/ Obs Min / Max
Pastoral villages
Populated rangelands
Remote Rangelands
Residential rangelands

This indicators measures the country-level extension (in sq. Km) of the residential rangelands anthrome class, which includes rangelands with substantial human population.

Measurement unit: 
Sq Km

This indicators measures the country-level extension (in sq. Km) of the "remote rangelands" anthrome class, which includes rangelands without significantl human population.

Measurement unit: 
Sq Km

This indicators measures the country-level extension (in sq. Km) of the "remote rangelands" anthrome class, which includes rangelands without significantl human population.

Measurement unit: 
Sq Km

This indicators measures the country-level extension (in sq. Km) of the residential rangelands anthrome class, which includes rangelands with substantial human population.

Measurement unit: 
Sq Km
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