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A grand, integrated theory of land system change remains elusive. Yet, this paper shows that middle-range theories – defined as contextual generalizations that describe chains of causal mechanisms explaining a well-bounded range of phenomena, as well as the conditions that trigger, enable, or prevent these causal chains –, provide a path towards generalized knowledge of land systems. This knowledge can support progress towards sustainable social-ecological systems.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to the second webinar of the webinar series on co-production in the field of land-system science. The webinar is open to people already engaged in co-production, as well as to newcomers to the topic, who are not currently engaged in this exciting work. The webinar will focus on adaptive landscape approaches using role-playing games and illustrate examples on the use of role-playing games.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking candidates whose work advances the frontiers of knowledge in natural-human system processes and relationships at diverse scales using theories, methods, and tools of spatial science. Topical areas of interest are broad. These could include human dimensions of global change as they relate to biodiversity loss, land-cover/land-use change, climate change, ecosystem services and valuation, material and energy flows, urbanization, and environmental degradation, among others.
Attendees will learn change detection methods, including image subtraction and classification. They will also conduct their own change detection analysis. This training will use QGIS, the R statistical program, and the Random Forest algorithm. Both sessions will feature a lecture, time to complete a hands-on exercise, and time for questions. There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to attend the sessions.
ESA and UCLouvain are pleased to invite you to the 2nd CCI Global Land Cover User Workshop at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on the 24th of September 2018 in the context of the ESA Climate Change Initiative to share respective experiences on the CCI-LC data exploitation as well as upcoming developments.
Springer has a new journal publishing articles that feature the use of remote sensing data to study earth processes. Includes all aspects of Earth Sciences (atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, climate / climate change, hydrology, cryosphere, oceans, etc.)
The Division of Conservation Biology, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology (CVL) at the University of Vienna seeks a postdoc to join their team, which studies different aspects of biological diversity and its conservation from local to global scales.
Boise State University announces two tenure-track faculty positions in human-environment systems science. Competitive candidates will demonstrate expertise and interest in quantitative and integrative approaches to social-biological-physical systems, with the goal of addressing sustainability challenges.
In this MOOC from ETH Zurich, participants learn theory, methods and tools to understand the landscapes we live in and to solve landscape-related environmental problems.