Assessment of rangeland condition in Iceland

GróLind is a national programme for monitoring vegetation and soil resources in Iceland. This large project is coordinated by one of the lecturers in Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice, Bryndís Marteinsdóttir.

Last week GróLind published their assessment on rangeland condition in Iceland, including a very cool 3D visualization tool for rangelands all over Iceland. You can find more information on the GróLind website: http://grolind.is (unfortunately the information is so far only available in Icelandic, but you can still enjoy the interactive map here).

Thanks to the great effort of the GróLind team, we know now that 62% of Iceland is used as rangelands; within this area 10% of the rangelands are in excellent condition, whereas nearly 40% of the rangelands are in poor condition. This is a very important first steps towards learning more about the impacts of grazing in Iceland.

Congratulations to the GróLind team!