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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Dec 26;104(52):20666-71. Epub 2007 Dec 19.

The emergence of land change science for global environmental change and sustainability.

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  • 1Graduate School of Geography and Marsh Institute, Clark University, Worcester, MA 01610, USA.

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  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Feb 19;105(7):2751.


Land change science has emerged as a fundamental component of global environmental change and sustainability research. This interdisciplinary field seeks to understand the dynamics of land cover and land use as a coupled human-environment system to address theory, concepts, models, and applications relevant to environmental and societal problems, including the intersection of the two. The major components and advances in land change are addressed: observation and monitoring; understanding the coupled system-causes, impacts, and consequences; modeling; and synthesis issues. The six articles of the special feature are introduced and situated within these components of study.

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