This content requires Adobe Flash Player version
Either you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed,
or your version is too old,
or there is a problem with your Flash installation and we were unable to detect it.
Figure 2.2.8: US shrubland, grassland, and pasture cover distribution, 2011
Source: National Land Cover Dataset 2011
then the longer-term productivity of stressed rangelands in the southwest may be permanently reduced.
2.2.4 Land fragmentation
Land fragmentation is a spatial term referring to discontinuous patterns of land-use and land cover resulting from both natural processes and human interventions. Two
perspectives are analysed in this North American assessment report: the first focuses on how land cover or land-use patterns affect ecological processes: fragmentation from an ‘intactness’ perspective. The second focuses on how land cover or land-use changes are affected by changes in land ownership: fragmentation through sub-division, also known as ‘parcelization’ (see also Box 2.2.1).