Kaplan2009: Pre-historic forest cover and deforestation in Europe

Last Updated on November 3, 2021 by admin

Kaplan and co-workers reconstruct Europe’s forest cover during the last 3000 years based on population statistics and a model of how humans used (cleared) forests for use in construction and heating as well as for agriculture. One conclusion is that Sweden was 75% covered by forests in the year 1000 (the numbers are difficult to compare to present-day statistics however). Read the whole article in Quaternary Science Reviews.