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Study on Changes from Grassland to Arable Land

Point of contact
Ali Nadir Arslan
Finnish Meteorological Institute
Erik Palménin aukio 1
FI-00560 Helsinki
Phone: +358-50-3203386

Permanent grassland is one of the monitored categories of land use, land use change, and forestry (LULUCF) within the climate concept and greenhouse gas reduction policy (Regulation (EU) 2018/841).

Mapping the conditions and changes of permanent grasslands is thus very important. The need for monitoring permanent grassland and arable land has been growing in recent years. New subsidy policies determining farm management are beginning to affect land use, especially in countries that have joined the EU in recent waves. The large amount of freely available satellite data enables this monitoring to take place, mainly owing to data products of the Copernicus program (Sentinel data).