Special Issue "Land Systems in Transition between Persistence and Change"
A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
2. Department of Regional Geography and Environment, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Bd. N. Bălcescu, 1, 010041 Bucharest, Romania
Interests: landscape ecology; modeling of landscape dynamics; landscape fragmentation; landscape planning; land use/land cover change and geographic approaches (nature and society)
Interests: social–ecological system models; ecosystem services; impact assessment; participatory planning processes
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At present, the landscape is subject to increasing demands and pressures. The spatial changes are discussed in various contexts. They may refer to various processes, such as deforestation and changes in land use and land cover with consequences for habitat fragmentation or urban sprawl, which leads to cropland split and infrastructure development. An important facet of the changes refers to anthropogenic pressure, especially that resulting from land use/land cover change, climate change, and giving up traditional land use practices. The role played by the socioeconomic and political factors also needs to be taken into consideration, since they could induce changes at the landscape scale.
It is important to identify the driving forces, which can be general (economic, political, natural) or specific (urbanization, infrastructure development). In order to explore the changes and persistence or resilience of landscapes, scientists can follow at least two tracks, either independently or in a synergistic manner. The first one is to produce maps or to compute and analyze indicators. The second approach is to interact with the local population, with stakeholders and authorities in order to manage well the re-shaping of landscapes. Finally, the identification of changes/persistence could help to find appropriate tools or policies for a sustainable landscape management.
This Special Issue on Land Systems in Transition between Persistence and Change focuses on interdisciplinary approaches related to landscape ecology, landscape analysis, modeling of landscape dynamics, land use/land cover change, and landscape planning. We invite the authors to contribute to specific issues related to the topics mentioned above. Contributions that explore links between these themes and landscape governance, participatory approaches and ecosystem/environment behavior are also welcome.
Prof. Pătru-Stupariu Ileana
Prof. Dr. Christine Fürst
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- Land use/cover change
- Landscape persistence
- Landscape planning
- Ecosystems/environment behavior
- Habitat loss
- Driving forces