Environmental Management

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 55–66

Economic Linkages to Changing Landscapes

  • Jeffrey M. Peterson
  • Marcellus M. Caldas
  • Jason S. Bergtold
  • Belinda S. Sturm
  • Russell W. Graves
  • Dietrich Earnhart
  • Eric A. Hanley
  • J. Christopher Brown
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00267-013-0116-7

Cite this article as:
Peterson, J.M., Caldas, M.M., Bergtold, J.S. et al. Environmental Management (2014) 53: 55. doi:10.1007/s00267-013-0116-7

Abstract

Many economic processes are intertwined with landscape change. A large number of individual economic decisions shape the landscape, and in turn the changes in the landscape shape economic decisions. This article describes key research questions about the economics of landscape change and reviews the state of research knowledge. The rich and varied economic–landscape interactions are an active area of research by economists, geographers, and others. Because the interactions are numerous and complex, disentangling the causal relationships in any given landscape system is a formidable research challenge. Limited data with mismatched temporal and spatial scales present further obstacles. Nevertheless, the growing body of economic research on these topics is advancing and shares fundamental challenges, as well as data and methods, with work in other disciplines.

Keywords

Land useThresholdsSpatial scaleGreat PlainsClimateOgallala aquifer

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Peterson
    • 1
  • Marcellus M. Caldas
    • 2
  • Jason S. Bergtold
    • 3
  • Belinda S. Sturm
    • 4
  • Russell W. Graves
    • 3
  • Dietrich Earnhart
    • 5
  • Eric A. Hanley
    • 6
  • J. Christopher Brown
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeographyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  3. 3.Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  4. 4.Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural EngineeringUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  5. 5.Department of EconomicsUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  6. 6.Department of SociologyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA
  7. 7.Department of GeographyUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA