Land-Use and Land-Cover Change

Local Processes and Global Impacts

  • Eric F. Lambin
  • Helmut Geist

Part of the Global Change - The IGBP Series book series (GLOBALCHANGE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVIII
  2. Eric F. Lambin, Helmut Geist, Ronald R. Rindfuss
    Pages 1-8
  3. Navin Ramankutty, Lisa Graumlich, Frédéric Achard, Diogenes Alves, Abha Chhabra, Ruth S. DeFries et al.
    Pages 9-39
  4. Helmut Geist, William McConnell, Eric F. Lambin, Emilio Moran, Diogenes Alves, Thomas Rudel
    Pages 41-70
  5. Abha Chhabra, Helmut Geist, Richard A. Houghton, Helmut Haberl, Ademola K. Braimoh, Paul L. G. Vlek et al.
    Pages 71-116
  6. Peter H. Verburg, Kasper Kok, Robert Gilmore Pontius Jr., A. Veldkamp
    Pages 117-135
  7. Joseph Alcamo, Kasper Kok, Gerald Busch, Jörg A. Priess, Bas Eickhout, Mark Rounsevell et al.
    Pages 137-155
  8. Robin S. Reid, Thomas P. Tomich, Jianchu Xu, Helmut Geist, Alexander Mather, Ruth S. DeFries et al.
    Pages 157-171
  9. Scientific Steering Committee of the Land-Use/Cover Change (LUCC) Project
    Pages 173-176
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 178-222

About this book


The book presents recent estimates of the rates in changes of major land classes such as forest, cropland and pasture. Among the causative mechanisms behind land change, synergetic factor combinations are found to be more common than single key factor explanations. Aggregated globally, multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of Earth System functioning. Innovative developments and applications in the fields of modeling and scenario construction are presented. Finally, conclusions are drawn about the most pressing implications for the design of appropriate intervention policies, and on new directions and frontiers of research.


Land cover Land surface Land use Scale biosphere ecosystem environment environmental change forest integration modeling terrestrial ecosystem

Editors and affiliations

  • Eric F. Lambin
    • 1
  • Helmut Geist
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of GeographyCatholic University of LouvainBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Geography and EnvironmentUniversity of AberdeenUK

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