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Riparian zones: where green and blue networks meet

Riparian zones: where green and blue networks meet
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Year of publication2011
Author(s)Nicola Clerici
Co-authorsM. Luisa Paracchini, Peter Strobl, Christof J. Weissteiner
Place of publicationIspra
JournalJRC Scientific and Technical Reports
This Technical Report presents a new riparian zonation model for Europe based on satellite remote sensing and GIS techniques. Riparian zones are key ecological systems that provide a wide array of ecosystem services to society and the natural environment, as well as being fundamental structural elements of the European Green Infrastructure. The zonation model is based on a multi-layer approach, which takes into account a series of descriptive attributes and assigns a degree of belonging to the riparian zone class based on fuzzy membership scores. Model output has a 25 m spatial resolution and follows INSPIRE standards. A short characterization of model output is also proposed, together with a detailed assessment of accuracy. Information about riparian zone distribution will provide the basis for comprehensive characterization and ecological analysis at European scale, such as the identification of key riparian zones maintaining landscape connectivity, the evaluation of targeted riparian ecosystem services and monitoring of change at continental scale.