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The overall goal of the Land Systems Group is to advance the understanding of terrestrial social-ecological systems where humans interact with the environment through land use. We analyze the multiple repercussions of the changes in land use on human welfare, food production, carbon dynamics, and biodiversity, as well as the effects of socioecological changes on land use. We approach these issues through quantitative and qualitative assessments alike and combine approaches from social and natural sciences at different spatial scales.

Specifically, we work with spatially explicit methods that include econometric modeling, quantitative geography, crop growth modeling, remote sensing, data mining, and simulation modeling. The current geographic focus of the research group are the countries of the former Soviet Union, China, and Southeast Asia.



10 July 2024

Training Course “Introduction to Geographic Information Systems” at the Agricultural University of Tirana

From July 1 to July 5, 2024, IAMO and the Agricultural University of Tirana organized the first training course in the frame of the project GEO-WB6. Entitled “Introduction to Geographic Information Systems,” the course brought together a total of 19…

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25 June 2024

Who owns the agricultural land, and how concentrated is land ownership?

Our new study examines these questions for the entire federal state of Brandenburg, Germany. Our findings indicate fragmented ownership but consolidated land use. We quantify how much land the various types of landowners own. Private owners who are…

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03 June 2024

IAMO Concludes 16th GIS and Spatial Data Analysis Course

From May 27-31, IAMO hosted the 16th annual course "Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Analysis", organized by the Land Systems Group. This course is a part of the Doctoral Certificate Program in Agricultural Economics ,…

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