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Land 2014, 3(3), 793-833; doi:10.3390/land3030793

Climate–Human–Land Interactions: A Review of Major Modelling Approaches

Centro Euro Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, Via Aldo Moro, 44, 40127 Bologna, Italy
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Received: 5 April 2014 / Revised: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Land Use Change Feedbacks with Climate)
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International agreements on climate change have highlighted the role of land in climate and human dynamics, making it an issue of global importance. The modelling of land-related processes, sectors, and activities has recently become a central topic in economic and policy theory, as well as within environmental sciences. Modelling strategies have been improved and new datasets have come into light for land-cover and land-use change analysis. However, unexpected human behavior and natural constraints challenge the modelling of interdependences and feedback mechanisms amongst economies, societies, and the environment, resulting from land-use and cover change. This paper provides a detailed overview of the most representative and advanced methods and models developed to represent climate–human–land interactions. It offers a critical discussion about relevant methodological aspects, missing knowledge, and areas for future research. View Full-Text
Keywords: land-use and land-cover change modelling; climate feedbacks; human interaction; model integration; Integrated Assessment Model; Earth System Model land-use and land-cover change modelling; climate feedbacks; human interaction; model integration; Integrated Assessment Model; Earth System Model
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Michetti, M.; Zampieri, M. Climate–Human–Land Interactions: A Review of Major Modelling Approaches. Land 2014, 3, 793-833.

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