Land system science and sustainable development of the earth system: A global land project perspective

Verburg, Peter H., Crossman, Neville, Ellis, Erle C., Heinimann, Andreas, Hostert, Patrick, Mertz, Ole, Nagendra, Harini, Sikor, Thomas, Erb, Karl-Heinz, Golubiewski, Nancy, Grau, Ricardo, Grove, Morgan, Konaté, Souleymane, Meyfroidt, Patrick, Parker, Dawn C., Chowdhury, Rinku Roy, Shibata, Hideaki, Thomson, Allison and Zhen, Lin (2015) Land system science and sustainable development of the earth system: A global land project perspective. Anthropocene, 12. 29–41. ISSN 2213-3054

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Abstract

Land systems are the result of human interactions with the natural environment. Understanding the drivers, state, trends and impacts of different land systems on social and natural processes helps to reveal how changes in the land system affect the functioning of the socio-ecological system as a whole and the tradeoff these changes may represent. The Global Land Project has led advances by synthesizing land systems research across different scales and providing concepts to further understand the feedbacks between social-and environmental systems, between urban and rural environments and between distant world regions. Land system science has moved from a focus on observation of change and understanding the drivers of these changes to a focus on using this understanding to design sustainable transformations through stakeholder engagement and through the concept of land governance. As land use can be seen as the largest geo-engineering project in which mankind has engaged, land system science can act as a platform for integration of insights from different disciplines and for translation of knowledge into action.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access under a CC BY licence
Uncontrolled Keywords: land use,land cover,land systems,ecosystem,human-environment systems,global land project
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2016 13:01
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2019 14:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/57179
DOI: 10.1016/j.ancene.2015.09.004

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