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Abstract Land use is at the center of one of the most vexing challenges for the coming decades: to provide enough food, fiber and shelter for the world's population; raise the standard of living for the billion people currently below the poverty line; and simultaneously sustain the world's ecosystems for use by humans and other species. The intended consequence of cropland expansion, urban growth, and other land use changes is to satisfy demands from the increasing appetite of the world's population. Unintended consequences, however, can alter ecological processes and have far-reaching and long-term effects that potentially compromise the basic functioning of ecosystems.Recently, the scientific community has begun to confront such issues. Several national and international programs have been at the forefront of scientific enquiry on the causes and consequences of land use change, including: the Land Use and Land Cover Change Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Land Use program element in the interagency U.S. Climate Change Science Program, and the International Geosphere-Biosphere's Land Use and Cover Change (LUCC) core project. The result has been significant advances in understanding the complex socioeconomic, technological, and biophysical factors that drive land use change worldwide.
DOI 10.1029/GM153
Editor DeFries, R. S. Asner, G. P. Houghton, R. A.
ISBN 0-87590-418-1
Keywords Land use&#8212 Decision making&#8212 Case studies Environmental degradation&#8212 Case studies
Number of Pages 344
Place Published Washington, DC
Publisher American Geophysical Union
Series Title Geophys. Monogr. Ser.
Title Ecosystems and Land Use Change
Volume 153
Year 2004
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_chapter ["Ch. 13: Land Use and Land Cover Change FINAL"]
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