Links between land-use and climate explored in new initiative

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On 25-26 September three IGBP projects met at a workshop in Amsterdam to start a new initiative "Interactions among Mangaged Ecosystems, Climate and Societies (IMECS).

From agriculture and rangelands to cities and managed forests, humans dominate the global land surface. The scale of human impact is now so significant researchers from IGBP projects AIMES, GLP and iLEAPS say "Human-dominated environments have become equally important in the Earth System as natural ones."

"These environments have significant and in some cases crucial interactions with climate, air and water quality, biodiversity and other ecosystem services of any region."


To fully understand these complex interactions three projects met in a series of workshops as part of the IGBP synthesis on Land Use and Land Cover Changes (LULCC). The final workshop was held in Amsterdam recently.

This workshop became the kick-off meeting of the new joint initiative "Interactions among Managed Ecosystems, Climate, and Societies" (IMECS).

IMECS will help develop experimental, theoretical, and modelling studies to improve understanding of the role of land use and land management at global and regional scales. The overall goal of IMECS will be to quantify bi-directional interactions in the LULCC-climate system, to improve capacity for observing,mapping and modelling land use and land system change (rather than "only" land cover changes) and to include human decision-making, e.g., by means of agent-based modelling. This capacity will help to identify win-win situations of climate mitigation and socioeconomic development via new land management strategies.

IGBP Land Use synthesis