Special Issue "Human-Induced Global Change"


A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. B. L. Turner II
Gilbert F. White Professor of Environment and Society School of the Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning & School of Sustainability PO Box 87014, Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287, USA
E-Mail: billie.l.turner@asu.edu
Phone: +1 480 965 7533
Fax: +1 480 965 8313
Interests: human-environment relationships; land change science; sustainability; tropical forests; ancient Maya

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The questions of global environmental change increasingly enlarge and fuse with those of sustainability. This research expansion and orientation is registered by the 2012 London symposium, “Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions”, sponsored by the major international global environmental change programs (i.e., IGBP, DIVERSITAS, IHDP, EESP, WCRP). Sustainability science and the knowledge-solutions in question are predicated on an understanding through an examination of coupled human-environment systems (or social-ecological systems) in which the interactions of the two subsystems frames the research question.

A large portion of such work undertaken to date—often under such labels as resilience, vulnerability, land change science, landscape ecology, or conservation biology—employs remotely sensed data and analyses. For the most part, the biophysical subsystem has received the majority of attention compared to the human subsystem. This special issue of Remote Sensing explores questions of coupled system dynamics in which the human subsystem plays an important role. The collective works may address such themes as the

  • human drivers of the biophysical subsystem
  • feedbacks of the biophysical system on the human drivers
  • human responses to biophysical change
  • synergy and tradeoffs between environmental services and human outcomes
  • subsystem dynamics affecting the resilience or vulnerability of coupled system

as applied to a wide range of topics, such as

  • land change
  • landscape design
  • climate change
  • urban morphology
  • urban-rural linkages
  • food production

Prof. Dr. B.L. Turner II
Guest Editor

Published Papers (2 papers)

by , , , , , , , , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2012, 4(5), 1369-1391; doi:10.3390/rs4051369
Received: 21 March 2012; in revised form: 24 April 2012 / Accepted: 26 April 2012 / Published: 11 May 2012
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by , ,  and
Remote Sens. 2012, 4(4), 1046-1068; doi:10.3390/rs4041046
Received: 13 February 2012; in revised form: 4 April 2012 / Accepted: 6 April 2012 / Published: 17 April 2012
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