Globalizing Our Understanding of Land-Use Change

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Jasper van Vliet, Amsterdam Global Change Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Erle C. Ellis, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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As the world becomes ever more interconnected, the decision-making processes of a range of global and local actors and their social-environmental contexts have increasingly influenced use of rural agricultural lands. Rethinking and re-examining rural dynamics in the context of both biophysical and socioeconomic drivers is therefore essential. While a wealth of case study evidence exists, there is a need to integrate this data into a global context. Synthesis will enable a systematic classification of the multiple trajectories of rural land change and the conditions under which these trajectories are found world‐wide.

This workshop will synthesize knowledge on the global patterns of local land change processes using a range of cross‐disciplinary methods. Four central themes will be explored:

  1. Inventory of different, disciplinary methods for meta-analysis,
  2. The use of these methods in the interdisciplinary field of land science to synthesize case study knowledge,
  3. The use of this information outside academia, and
  4. The application of this information in integrated models for policy support.

Results of this meeting will yield a high‐level peer‐reviewed paper and a detailed plan for the development of a methodology to synthesize rural land‐use change trajectories.

Peter Claggett, U.S. Geological Survey
Elizabeth Cook, Arizona State University
Kathleen Galvin, Colorado State University
Ricardo Grau, Universidad Nacional de Tucuman
Garik Gutman, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Andreas Heinimann, Centre for Development and Environment – Laos
Eric Keys, University of Florida
Tien Ming Lee, Columbia University
Jianguo Liu, Michigan State University
Nicholas R. Magliocca, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ole Mertz, University of Copenhagen
Patrick Meyfroidt, Université catholique de Louvain
Mark Moritz, Ohio State University
Lauren Persha, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Christopher Poeplau, Von Thunen Institute
Jose Rey Benayas, Universidad de Alcala
Brian Robinson, University of Minnesota
Thomas Rudel, Rutgers University
Ralf Seppelt, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
Karen Seto, Yale University
Terry Sohl, U.S. Geological Survey
Gabriela Vaz Rodrigues, University of Maryland
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