Wspólnotowy Serwis Informacyjny Badan i Rozwoju - CORDIS

Climate change effects on land use and ecosystems: Italian case study

The Belluno Case Study is a regional database of an alpine area located in NE Italy. It is represented by a Geographical Information System that covers an area of 3678km² included between 45° 50 and 46° 40 N latitude.

The GIS database is composed of vector distribution maps of a large number of animal and plant species and presence/absence maps derived from a specific survey executed between 2001 and 2003 (i.e. Crex crex, Alopecurus pratensis, Gimnadenia gonopsea, Arrenatherum elatius, Chorthippus dorsatus, and Orthoptera in gender etc.) and raster layers (25 m ¿ 1000 m of resolution) about:
- Topography (DTM and maps derived from this, i.e. aspect, slope, hillshade);

- Land use (Corine L3 and 2020, 2050, 2080 years future ATEAM scenarios);

- Climate (present-day and IPCC-SRES scenarios for years 2020, 2050, 2080);

- Suitability maps of C. crex, O. carpinifolia, C. dorsatus;

- Connectivity map for C. dorsatus.

This database is an important instrument to drive the local, and not only, policy to protect and manage the environment and, more in a generalized manner, the biodiversity.

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