Land Systems Science Symposium at AAG 2013

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

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Dear Colleagues,

A special symposium focused on research advances and needs in the geographical dimensions of land systems and land change is being organized to take place within the 2013 AAG Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Land systems and land change are rapidly growing in importance in both research and policy at local, regional, national and international scales. Advances in understanding of the relationships of land with human and environmental systems, developments in measurement and monitoring of change, use of advanced GIS/remote sensing and modelling technologies, the increased availability of datasets, and increasing capability for modeling and analysis of change give opportunities to offer new insights into land systems and the nature of change.

The symposium will be made up of a series of paper sessions. Geographers and others with active research expertise and interests in land use, land systems and land change science will participate. This symposium builds on a long tradition of research in land use and land cover, and of coupled human and natural systems within Geography, the focus provided by the Journal of Land Use Science and Land, and interests of the land change science community.

Papers addressing the symposium theme are encouraged, and particularly papers that are directed at the provisional list of session titles. Additional sessions will be considered based on abstracts submitted. Paper sessions presenting case studies of land systems and change in different regions of the world will provide a basis for comparative analysis and synthesis; other paper sessions will explore methodological and human and environmental aspects of land systems.

Provisional session titles:

Case studies of land systems and change in

  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Australasia
  • Africa
  • Asia

Analysis and modeling change
Human dimensions of land systems
Environmental dimensions of land systems
Emerging issues

This special issue in Land welcomes extended submissions from the symposium.

Prof. Dr. Andrew Millington
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Integrating Land Change Science and Savanna Fire Models in West Africa
by Paul Laris
Land 2013, 2(4), 609-636; - 18 Nov 2013
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Fire is a key component of many land use systems and a determinant of land change. There is a growing concern that climate change will cause more catastrophic fires, but in many areas the impacts will be mediated by human land use practices. [...] Read more.
Fire is a key component of many land use systems and a determinant of land change. There is a growing concern that climate change will cause more catastrophic fires, but in many areas the impacts will be mediated by human land use practices. In African savannas, for example, fires are frequent and research finds low inter-annual variability in burned areas in places with highly variable rainfall. This regularity of fire suggests that African regimes are humanized, meaning that they are governed by human practices more than climate variation. Although these fire regimes are stable, they vary greatly over space. This paper will determine the reasons for two distinctly different fire regimes in Mali by integrating land change and savanna fire science. The study takes a two pronged approach to examine the causes of fire regimes and the reasons they change. It tests the notion that land cover (not land use) governs fire regimes by combining long term burn scar and vegetation analysis with local interviews. Results indicate that efforts to link fire and land change science, need to focus more on subtle differences in land cover, landscape pattern and human practices, than on drought, land use or fire policy. Full article
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