Help Navigation

Go to Navigation - Go to Content


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.



07 July 2022

Dairy farms: Conversion to organic production reduces carbon footprint

If a dairy farm converts its production from conventional to organic, it can reduce its climate footprint by up to nine percent. This is shown in a new study led by the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the Leibniz Institute of...

Read more

15 June 2022

IAMO publishes climate analyses for agriculture in Southern Caucasus and Ukraine

IAMO conducted a study on climate change in Southern Caucasus on behalf of the German Sparkassenstiftung for International Cooperation and now makes the results available with comprehensive interactive map material.

Climate change is already posing...

Read more

20 April 2022

New Paper published in the Environmental Research Letters

In a new paper we show how global climate oscillations affect precipitation in the Tian-Shan and Pamir Mountains in Central Asia. Particularly important for seasonal precipitation in the region are the El Niño–Southern Oscillation, the Pacific...

Read more