Special Issue "Land Change Modeling: Connecting to the Bigger Picture"

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A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Eugenio Arima
Department of Geography and the Environment The University of Texas at Austin 305 E 23rd St STOP A3100 Austin, TX 78712, USA
Website: http://www.utexas.edu/cola//depts/geography/faculty/ea9267
E-Mail: arima@austin.utexas.edu
Phone: +1 512 471 0714
Interests: land change science; land systems science; modeling; coupled systems; ecosystems services; human-environment interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land change models are now part of the toolkit of environmental scientists and are increasingly being used to inform policy makers about the effects of socio-economic and institutional forces that drive the dynamics of landscape change. Changes on the terrestrial surface are implicated in a myriad of environmental problems ranging from local to global because of the complexity of life-supporting systems and their interconnection. As such, land change models have grown in importance and are much more than predicting or explaining the state of a pixel.

This Special Issue welcomes articles that inform how land change models are being integrated with and how they are informing discussions about global climate change, human health, water resources and cycle, environmental services, landscape ecology, and social feedback through policy and institutional change. Innovative approaches and new conceptual models that may help bridge and strengthen the connection between land and other natural systems are also of particular interest.

Dr. Eugenio Arima
Guest Editor

Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first couple of issues the Article Processing Charge (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.

Keywords

  • land change
  • modeling
  • coupled systems
  • environmental services
  • global climate change
  • human health
  • water resources and cycle
  • landscape ecology
  • social feedback

Published Papers (8 papers)

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p. 1180-1213
by , ,  and
Land 2014, 3(3), 1180-1213; doi:10.3390/land3031180
Received: 21 March 2014; in revised form: 5 August 2014 / Accepted: 5 September 2014 / Published: 19 September 2014
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p. 1158-1179
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Land 2014, 3(3), 1158-1179; doi:10.3390/land3031158
Received: 31 July 2014; in revised form: 23 August 2014 / Accepted: 27 August 2014 / Published: 17 September 2014
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p. 917-940
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Land 2014, 3(3), 917-940; doi:10.3390/land3030917
Received: 24 April 2014; in revised form: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 31 July 2014
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p. 874-897
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Land 2014, 3(3), 874-897; doi:10.3390/land3030874
Received: 2 May 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 10 July 2014 / Published: 24 July 2014
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p. 719-738
by ,  and Jr.
Land 2014, 3(3), 719-738; doi:10.3390/land3030719
Received: 21 April 2014; in revised form: 3 July 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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p. 658-674
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Land 2014, 3(3), 658-674; doi:10.3390/land3030658
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 30 June 2014 / Published: 9 July 2014
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p. 617-638
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Land 2014, 3(3), 617-638; doi:10.3390/land3030617
Received: 30 April 2014; in revised form: 19 June 2014 / Accepted: 23 June 2014 / Published: 2 July 2014
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p. 322-341
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Land 2014, 3(1), 322-341; doi:10.3390/land3010322
Received: 26 November 2013; in revised form: 26 February 2014 / Accepted: 6 March 2014 / Published: 14 March 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Review
Title:
Land Change Modelling: A retrospective and forecast
Author: Robert Walker
Affiliation: Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Geography, University of Florida
Abstract: This article provides a review of land change modeling, from its origins in concerns about tropical deforestation, to current application and preoccupations. It uses this review as a means to identify both solid ground and new horizons for the continuing quest to represent change in land use and cover pursuant to human actions on the environment. The article starts with a brief historical account of early systems models that conceptualized coupled natural-human systems and were often executed at global scale. As part of this discussion, the paper draws distinctions between computational, theoretical, and statistical models. With its background in place, the article then moves on to the first generation of statistical efforts to understand tropical deforestation, culminating with the elaboration of spatially explicit models. Having discussed the tropical forest issue, the article expands its applications reach to address problems of current interest to land change modelers, whether that be urban sprawl in North American cities, or forest transition in the Boreal forests of Eurasia. This discussion necessarily involves a treatment of contemporary approaches including cellular automata, neural network, and agent-based modeling, as well as new hybrid approaches. The article closes with what it regards to be viable future directions, based on apparent gaps in the literature. Here, the issue of goodness-of-fit is addressed, as is the need to consider the spatial articulation of land change, and not just its absolute or relative magnitude.

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