Special Issue "Land Use Transitions under Rapid Urbanization"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2021).
Interests: land use transition; land consolidation; sustainable land management; rural restructuring; urban-rural integrated development; rural geography
Interests: land-use functions transition; land resource evaluation; sustainable land system and management; cropland protection and ecological compensation
Interests: land use transition; urban-rural development; land space optimization; cultivated land protection; natural resource utilization policy; spatial analysis and modeling
Interests: land use; land consolidation; land governance; community development; rural development; regional development; human geography
Land use transition is a manifestation of land use and land cover change (LUCC), and is also a major research focus of the Global Land Project (GLP) as well as land system science (LSS). Land provides essential resources to society and its changes have large consequences for the local and global environment and human well-being. The past, current, and projected state and dynamics of land use is the major content of land use science, which is influenced by long-term anthropogenic changes. The concept of land use transition highlights that land use change demonstrates a non-linear process and is related to other societal and biophysical disturbances through a series of transitions.
Land use transitions can be seen as primary forces driving the transformation of the rural-urban territorial system, and bring about direct socio-economic and environmental effects on regional sustainability, e.g., resulting in farmland loss and soil degradation, affecting biodiversity and the ability of ecosystems to serve human needs, polluting the rural environment, influencing agricultural production and food security, and causing regional socio-economic and spatial restructuring. Land use transitions can be measured by changes in both the dominant morphology (e.g., quantity, structure, and spatial pattern) and recessive morphology (e.g., quality, property rights, management mode, fixed input, productive ability, and function) of land use.
We invite papers that detect or examine the process, pattern, and socio-economic and environmental effects of land use transitions and the mechanism of human–land interactions against the context of rapid urbanization and industrialization from a wide range of perspectives (i.e., geographical, social-political, ecological, etc.) and provide solutions for sustainable land use based on scientific findings. Outcomes of your participation will enrich the land use research and promote academic exchange between different culturally heterogeneous regions.
Prof. Dr. Hualou Long
Prof. Dr. Xiangbin Kong
Prof. Dr. Shougeng Hu
Dr. Yurui Li
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