• A personal note on IGBP and the social sciences


    Humans are an integral component of the Earth system as conceptualised by IGBP. João Morais recalls key milestones in IGBP’s engagement with the social sciences and offers some words of advice for Future Earth.
  • IGBP and Earth observation:
    a co-evolution


    The iconic images of Earth beamed back by the earliest spacecraft helped to galvanise interest in our planet’s environment. The subsequent evolution and development of satellites for Earth observation has been intricately linked with that of IGBP and other global-change research programmes, write Jack Kaye and Cat Downy .

Predicting Land-Use Change

Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2001)
Veldkamp A and Lambin E (guest eds)
Vol 85; Nos 1-3, pp. 1-6
Abstract

Land use change modelling, especially if done in a spatially-explicit, integrated and multi-scale manner, is an important technique for the projection of alternative pathways into the future, for conducting experiments that test our understanding of key processes in land use changes. Land-use change models should represent part of the complexity of land use systems. They offer the possibility to test the sensitivity of land use patterns to changes in selected variables. They also allow testing of the stability of linked social and ecological systems, through scenario building. To assess current progress in this field, a workshop on spatially explicit land-use/land-cover models was organised within the scope of the Land-Use and Land Cover Change project (LUCC). The main developments presented in this special issue concern progress in: 1) Modelling of drivers of land-use change; 2) modelling of scale dependency of drivers of land use change; 3) modelling progress in predicting location versus quantity of land-use change; 4) the incorporation of biophysical feedbacks in land-use change models.

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