Land-Use and Land-Cover Change: Local Processes and Global Impacts

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This book presents recent estimates on the rate of change of major land classes. Aggregated globally, multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of Earth System functioning. The book offers innovative developments and applications in the fields of modeling and scenario construction. Conclusions are also drawn about the most pressing implications for the design of appropriate intervention policies.

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Overview

This book presents recent estimates on the rate of change of major land classes. Aggregated globally, multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of Earth System functioning. The book offers innovative developments and applications in the fields of modeling and scenario construction. Conclusions are also drawn about the most pressing implications for the design of appropriate intervention policies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642068829
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/25/2010
  • Series: Global Change - The IGBP Series (closed)
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Lambin is Professor at the Department of Geography at the University of Louvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the IGBP-IHDP Land-Use/Cover Change (LUCC) project, besides contributing to many other international scientific projects and initiatives. His research focuses on remote sensing, tropical deforestation, desertification and land use transitions.

Helmut Geist is Professor of Human-Environment Interactions at the University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom, and former Executive Director of the IGBP-IHDP Land-Use/Cover Change (LUCC) project. His research focuses on environment/development issues and political ecology.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Local Processes with Global Impacts.- Global Land-Cover Change: Recent Progress, Remaining Challenges.- Causes and Trajectories of Land-Use/Cover Change.- Multiple Impacts of Land-Use/Cover Change.- Modeling Land-Use and Land-Cover Change.- Searching for the Future of Land: Scenarios from the Local to Global Scale.- Linking Land-Change Science and Policy: Current Lessons and Future Integration.- Conclusion.

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