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Schwarzlmuller, E.
(2009): Human appropriation of aboveground net primary production in Spain, 1955-2003: An empirical analysis of the industrialization of land use
ECOL ECON. 2009; 69(2): 282-291. FullText FullText_BOKU

The human appropriation of net primary production (HANPP) is an indicator of the human domination of ecosystems that measures to which extent human activities alter the amount of biomass available each year in ecosystems. This paper analyses the development of aboveground HANPP (aHANPP) in Spain for the period from 1955 to 2003. During this period, Spainxxxs agriculture underwent a transition from a largely pre-industrial to a highly intensified production system. Changes in land use patterns include a reduction of cropland area and an expansion of forest area. Results show that aHANPP declined from 67% of potential aNPP in 1955 to 61% in 2003. Biomass harvest strongly increased from 68 million tons dry matter biomass per year (Mt/yr) to 106 Mt/yr, with nearly all of this increase occurring on cropland. Productivity losses due to human-induced land conversions dropped significantly from 112 Mt/yr to 63 Mt/yr, mainly as a result of the surge in cropland productivity and the increase in forest area. Despite its decrease during the last aHANPP in Spain is still at a remarkably high level in comparison with the global average or other decades, industrialized countries. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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