The overall goal of our research is to advance the understanding of coupled land systems. We analyze the effects of human activities and environmental change on terrestrial ecosystems, including the multiple repercussions of the changes on land use, human welfare, food production, carbon dynamics, and biodiversity, as well as the effects of environmental change 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.



04 September 2020

New paper (OA) published in Agriculture Systems

We examine the historical legacy of the Soviet Union on the current rate of human-induced soil erosion using a spatial regression discontinuity design. We find that soil erosion in countries that were part of the former Soviet Union is 26% lower than...

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24 July 2020

New paper published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability

In this paper, we use participatory, multi-criteria decision making to build a sustainability index to assess the sustainability of the farming system in the Argentine Chaco. Our results suggest that almost all 185 farms assessed in the four target...

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04 June 2020

New study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B

The new study 'Cold War spy satellite images reveal long-term declines of a philopatric keystone species in response to cropland expansion' from a research team led by Land Systems Group alumna Dr. Catalina Munteanu and co-authored by Land Systems...

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Dr. Florian Schierhorn
Phone: +49 345 2928-335