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.
13 May 2020
New paper: 'From global drivers to local land-use change: understanding the northern Laos rubber boom' shows how price signals transmitted through social networks affected the rubber expansion. Co-authored by Dr. Zhanli Sun from the Land Systems Group.
16 April 2020
Our new study, published in the Journal of Arid Environments, reveals spatially varying impacts of climate change on wheat and barley yields in Kazakhstan using panel statistics and meteorological station data.
15 June 2018
We made the local news! In June, members of the IAMO Land Systems Group visited the Thünengut Tellow in Warnkenhagen to work in a historical atmosphere on various aspects of land use and land use change.
Read the whole article here (in German).