Environmental Management

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 55–66

Economic Linkages to Changing Landscapes


    • Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State University
  • Marcellus M. Caldas
    • Department of GeographyKansas State University
  • Jason S. Bergtold
    • Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State University
  • Belinda S. Sturm
    • Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural EngineeringUniversity of Kansas
  • Russell W. Graves
    • Department of Agricultural EconomicsKansas State University
  • Dietrich Earnhart
    • Department of EconomicsUniversity of Kansas
  • Eric A. Hanley
    • Department of SociologyUniversity of Kansas
  • J. Christopher Brown
    • Department of GeographyUniversity of Kansas

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


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.


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