Special Issue "Land Use Change Feedbacks with Climate"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heiko Balzter
Holder of the Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, Centre for Landscape and Climate Research, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, Bennett Building, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Website: http://www.le.ac.uk/clcr
E-Mail: hb91@leicester.ac.uk
Phone: +44 116 252 3820
Fax: +44 116 252 3854
Interests: land cover / land use change; spatial-temporal scaling; land/atmosphere interactions; data assimilation; synthetic aperture radar (SAR); SAR interferometry; SAR polarimetry; ground-based, airborne and spaceborne light detection and ranging (LIDAR); digital elevation models; carbon accounting; forest structure and biomass mapping; vegetation phenology; fire and burned area mapping

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Land cover and land use influence the biogeochemical fluxes and the surface energy balance at the land/atmosphere boundary. Land use change can thus trigger biological, chemical, or physical feedbacks to the climate system via the atmosphere. In turn, climate change has begun to influence land use decisions as people are beginning to adapt to unavoidable global climate change in a warmer world with more weather extremes. Examples of such feedback processes are the urban heat island effect, the albedo feedback and the carbon cycle feedbacks. However, land use change is not only driven by climate change adaptation policies. It is influenced by a complex web of factors, including economic globalization, natural resource availability, commodity prices, regional infrastructure, social population demography and individual preferences, and government policies. Land is a limited resource and is becoming precious as the world’s population is growing. Multiple and often conflicting demands on land use mean that decisions have to be taken. The United Nations initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), for example, places a different demand on tropical forest land than the rising demand for biofuels and food products.
This Special Issue provides an interdisciplinary perspective on land use change at local, regional, national and global scales and how it feeds back to the climate system. It applies a range of modeling, remote sensing, socio-economic and other methods to the problem of human/environment interactions, driving land use change and its implications for future scenarios of climate change.

Prof. Dr. Heiko Balzter
Guest Editor

Submission

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Keywords

  • land use change
  • land cover change
  • climate change
  • land/atmosphere interactions
  • land surface modeling
  • biogeochemical cycles
  • remote sensing

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p. 1075-1090
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Land 2014, 3(3), 1075-1090; doi:10.3390/land3031075
Received: 20 February 2014; in revised form: 21 August 2014 / Accepted: 22 August 2014 / Published: 3 September 2014
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p. 1015-1036
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Land 2014, 3(3), 1015-1036; doi:10.3390/land3031015
Received: 19 March 2014; in revised form: 5 August 2014 / Accepted: 12 August 2014 / Published: 22 August 2014
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p. 898-916
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Land 2014, 3(3), 898-916; doi:10.3390/land3030898
Received: 9 May 2014; in revised form: 30 June 2014 / Accepted: 12 July 2014 / Published: 25 July 2014
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p. 850-873
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Land 2014, 3(3), 850-873; doi:10.3390/land3030850
Received: 8 May 2014; in revised form: 14 June 2014 / Accepted: 15 July 2014 / Published: 23 July 2014
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Land 2014, 3(3), 793-833; doi:10.3390/land3030793
Received: 5 April 2014; in revised form: 14 May 2014 / Accepted: 8 July 2014 / Published: 22 July 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 Use Management: A Key Challenge to Climate Related Risk Reduction in Asia
Author: Rajib Shaw
Affiliation: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan; Email: shaw.rajib.5u@kyoto-u.ac.jp
Abstract: Climate related hazards are increasing in frequency and severity, and its impacts are becoming more visible in recent years in Asia. The slow onset disasters like sea level rise and drought is also affecting both urban and rural areas. The impacts are not that visible, but in long run affect the lives and livelihoods of people and communities. On the other hand, due to increasing anthropogenic factors, people have started living in high hazard prone areas and becoming more exposed to the different types of hazards. In this paper, specific attention is given on the impacts of appropriate land use planning in risk reduction in both urban and rural areas in several Asian cities and coastal regions. The land use planning is not an isolated tool, it needs to be linked to other urban as well as regional governance issues. Thus, it is closely related to institutional dimension of the resilience indicators. The disaster resilient land use planning and management needs a balanced approach of implementation and monitoring of regulations, awareness raising of communities, and capacity building of professionals.

Last update: 3 September 2014

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