Land-Use Change as a Disturbance Regime

  • Ekta Purswani
  • Bhawana Pathak
  • Dhananjay Kumar
  • Satyam VermaEmail author


Land is an essential resource providing a variety of ecosystem services. Though it is a finite resource, it is suffering decay and degradation due to human population growth and its excessive resource consumption. Rapid changes in land use and land cover caused by human activities, fast urbanization, and agricultural expansion have led to ecological instability, disruption in many ecosystem services, and loss of biodiversity. It is also greatly interlinked with climate change, energy sources, and anthropogenic resource management. In this chapter, we try to review the mechanisms driving land-use change and research priorities in land-change science. Furthermore, we infer that landscape ecology must be incorporated in urban planning.


Land-change science Climate change Ecosystem services Biodiversity Anthropogenic activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ekta Purswani
    • 1
  • Bhawana Pathak
    • 1
  • Dhananjay Kumar
    • 2
  • Satyam Verma
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentCentral University of GujaratGandhinagarIndia
  2. 2.Department of Environmental ScienceBabasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (Central) UniversityLucknowIndia
  3. 3.Department of Landscape Level Planning and ManagementWildlife Institute of IndiaDehradunIndia

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