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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.



14 March 2023

New paper published in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment

This study uses a spatial multi-objective optimization framework to explores how restructuring landscapes by introducing woody features and decreasing field sizes can support both bird biodiversity and net returns in farming. The paper concludes that...

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14 November 2022

New paper published in European Journal of Agronomy

Crop rotations are important for soil health, yields and crop management and, thus, can be seen as a land use intensity measure. We have analysed all crop sequences, as a proxy for crop rotations, for half of the German cropland from 2005 to 2018. We...

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21 October 2022

New paper published in Environmental Research Letters

Forest protection is particularly important in countries with large primary forests. We have assessed how payment schemes for forest protection may become more efficient in countries with high forest cover and low deforestation rates.


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