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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.



04 June 2020

New study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B

The new study 'Cold War spy satellite images reveal long-term declines of a philopatric keystone species in response to cropland expansion' from a research team led by Land Systems Group alumna Dr. Catalina Munteanu and co-authored by Land Systems…

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13 May 2020

New paper published in Environmental Science & Policy

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.

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16 April 2020

New study published in the Journal of Arid Environments

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.

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