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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.



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06 May 2024

Exploring the Interplay between Crop Rotational Diversity and Landscape Complexity

Using interpretable machine learning methods, we studied the relationship between crop rotation diversity, and landscape diversity including biophysical characteristics in Northeastern Germany. We reveal a spatial trade-off between crop rotations and...

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15 April 2024

New study reveals extent of abandoned croplands along the front line in Ukraine

Using satellite imagery we estimated the extent of abandoned croplands on both sides of the front line following the invasion of Russia into Ukraine. The total area of abandoned Ukrainian cropland is around 13,900 km2, of which 8,000 km2 (57 percent)...

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10 April 2024

Launch of Geoinformation Center for Empowerment of Western Balkans Agriculture

On 27 March 2024, the official kick-off event for the project " Establishment of a Geoinformation Center for the Western Balkans " took place at the Agricultural University of Tirana (AUT). IAMO is setting up a Geoinformation Center for the Western...

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