Earth’s land surface embodies the dynamic interplay of the physical, social and economic processes that constitute global change. For example, deforestation, agriculture and urbanisation all modify the climate, ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles. Such changes, in turn, affect land and the societies that rely on it. Because land is shaped today largely by human activities, it has become an important site of policies aimed at achieving sustainability. Consequently, land is also the site of conflicts and competing claims: land grabs and the competition between crops for food and biofuels are but two manifestations.
This session aims to bring together a diverse group of natural and social scientists to explore emerging perspectives on land. We welcome contributions on topics including but not limited to: 1) drivers, trajectories and implications of historic and future land-use change; 2) trade and teleconnections; 3) novel land-use practices for responding to rapid global change; 4) land-atmosphere-hydrosphere interactions.
Primary Conveners: Peter Verburg, VU University, Department of Earth Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Conveners: Kathleen D Morrison, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, United States, Narcisa GABRIELA Pricope, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, United States and Darla Munroe, Ohio State University, Department of Geography, Columbus, OH, United States
Chairs: Peter Verburg, VU University, Department of Earth Sciences, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Narcisa GABRIELA Pricope, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, United States
OSPA Liaisons: Darla Munroe, Ohio State University, Department of Geography, Columbus, OH, United States
Emerging issues in land science: introduction to the session (Peter Verburg)