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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.



05 December 2023

Daniel Müller was recognized as one of the Highly Cited Researchers 2023

Congratulations to Prof. Daniel Müller, LSG group leader, who was recognized as one of the Highly Cited Researcher in the field of Cross-Field by Web of Science. Roughly 1 in 1000 researchers received such award each year based on citations and...

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29 September 2023

Is ‘made with real labor’  the next trendy label to buy?

In a world where technology and AI resolve critical resource constraints,  agricultural intensification (e.g., land, labor, and other inputs) paves a way to pursue sustainable development goals. When opportunities to absorb displaced labor are...

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25 September 2023

New paper published in Environmental Research Letters

In this article, we mapped the rapid expansion of integrated rice-crawfish farming across all of China using Landsat satellite imagery and discuss the socioecological tradeoffs of this expansion.

Wei, Yanbing; Müller, DanielSun, Zhanli; Lu,...

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