Special Issue "Valuing Agricultural Sustainability by Modelling Socioeconomy, Landscape and Ecosystem Services"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Farming Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Pedro A. Aguilera
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology and Geology, University of Almería, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: cultural landscapes; quantitative ecology; environmental modelling
Prof. Dr. Ana D. Maldonado
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, University of Almería, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: environmental modelling; data analysis
Prof. Dr. María Morales
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, University of Almería, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: applied statistics; data analysis
Prof. Dr. Antonio Salmerón
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Guest Editor
Department of Mathematics, University of Almería, 04120 Almeria, Spain
Interests: bayesian networks; data mining; big data; machine learning; statistics
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Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Traditional agriculture, involving extensive and semi-extensive agriculture, takes production, culture  and conservation aspects into consideration. The maintenance and development of traditional agriculture have been related to local knowledge and the transmission of information from one generation to another, promoting the sustainable use of resources. Many regions that are characterized by having a long agricultural history, often show an integration of agriculture and conservation within multifunctional landscapes. These heterogeneous landscapes provide a remarkably diverse set of ecosystem services. However, they are threatened by two opposite tendencies: agricultural intensification and rural abandonment. Both threats affect the supply of ecosystem services.
The sustainability of the traditional agriculture has to be considered in the context of the cultural landscape and its relationships with the socio-economy. Therefore, it is necessary to know how socioeconomic changes affect the cultural landscape in general, and the the provision of ecosystem services in particular.
This special issue focuses on the application of different models to study the sustainability of traditional agriculture in cultural landscapes. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, modeling the provision of ecosystem services given socioeconomic, land use or climate changes, or the synergy of these changes.

Prof. Dr. Pedro A. Aguilera
Prof. Dr. Ana D. Maldonado
Prof. Dr. María Morales
Prof. Dr. Antonio Salmerón
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • cultural landscapes
  • traditional agriculture
  • land uses change
  • climate change
  • rural abandonment
  • intensification
  • demographic changes
  • economic changes
  • population ageing
  • statistical methods
  • numerical modelling
  • probabilistic modelling

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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