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In this blog post, the authors introduce two new models, the TeleABM and the FLUTE, that are designed to study telecoupled land-use change but using different modelling approaches. Both models use soybean, one of the most traded commodities in the world, as an exemplary case to illustrate the ways in which they tackle the challenges of cross-scalar dynamics. The post reports on a joint webinar hosted by the GLP Working Group on Telecoupling Research held in September 2020 and featuring presentations by the three first authors.   Read full post

Related Working Group(s): Telecoupling Research Towards Sustainable Transformation of Land Systems

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January 19, 2021

The Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg (Austria) announces 5 Writing-Up Fellowships for late-stage PhD students working on topics related to “Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”. Deadline: 15 February

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January 19, 2021

A new article in World Development details some inclusiveness issues at the Matopiba frontier of soy expansion in Brazil, adding to the social and human rights dimensions of land-use change. 

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January 19, 2021

A new study in Applied Geography used a landscape mosaic approach to assess the changes between natural forests, shifting cultivation and permanent cultivation systems in Madagascar at the regional level from 1995 to 2011.

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January 18, 2021

In the second part of a two-paper series, the authors introduce SPAM2010 – the latest global spatially explicit datasets on agricultural production circa 2010 – and elaborate on the improvement of the SPAM (Spatial Production Allocation Model) dataset family since 2000. SPAM2010 adds further methodological and data enhancements to the available crop downscaling modeling, which mainly include the update of base year, the extension of crop list, and the expansion of subnational administrative-unit coverage.

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January 17, 2021

In this article, the researchers applied a network lens to reveal how visuals have been used in the scientific literature to portray telecoupling phenomena. Based on this, they critically reflect on current visualization practices in telecoupling research, as well as the underlying mental models that they represent. Finally, they provide practical recommendations for the development and use of visualizations to communicate knowledge on cross-scale socio-ecological interactions.

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January 17, 2021

The research will be conducted at KIT’s Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Environmental Research Division (IMK-IFU) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany). In addition to the formal requirements specified by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation we seek candidates who are interested in developing their research along the lines of the research groups Global Land Ecosystem Modelling (https://lemg.imk ifu.kit.edu/) and Land Use Change and Climate Research (https://landchange.imk-ifu.kit.edu/). Deadline: 15 February

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January 17, 2021

This paper examines land use patterns of rural households and the association with food production and income across three different zones of various forest proximity across a landscape gradient (remote, intermediate and on‐road) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region of Bangladesh. 

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January 17, 2021

The University of Arizona seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work on the human dimensions of global environmental change including climate and development, climate justice and earth system governance. The position is to support the work of Professor Diana Liverman, especially social science research for the Earth Commission (https://earthcommission.org/) including syntheses of research on the social drivers of global environmental change, synergies and tradeoffs between environmental and development goals, and governance across scales and actors.

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January 17, 2021

TMG Research in Berlin is looking for a Team Leader (f/m/d) (100%) to develop and implement their applied research program on inclusive and climate-resilient urban and peri-urban agriculture. Deadline: 7 February