Global Land Project: Major Scientific Questions for Coupled Modeling of Land Systems

  • Richard Aspinall
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security book series (NAPSC)

This chapter describes some scientific challenges for coupled modeling of land systems at the interface of human and environmental systems. These include examining the character and operation of drivers of change and processes representation of drivers in models. A variety of examples of land use change, primarily from rural areas, are used to examine drivers of land use change and identify processes. The drivers examined are (i) technology, (ii) economic and structural/policy, and (iii) societal factors. These identify processes of innovation, adoption and diffusion, in relation to technology, and decision making for all socio-economic drivers. Decision making is founded on both economic and social criteria, including individual preferences, values and behaviours that influence choice and decision-making.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Aspinall
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  1. 1.The Macaulay Land Use Research Institute and GLP Nodal Office on Integration and ModelingMacaulay Institute and Associated CompaniesAberdeenUK

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