Call for Papers: "Future Scenarios of Land Use and Land Cover Change”

Related GLP Member: Rob Marchant, Jessica Thorn, Rebecca Kariuki

Dear Colleagues,

Scenarios of land use and land cover change are shaped by complex interactions across biophysical, socioeconomic, and governance factors operating at multiple spatial-temporal scales. These interactions feed back to the climate system affecting nature, people, and development. Although there is a considerable effort in understanding the nature, processes, and consequences of land use and land cover change, uncertainty persists in understanding future changes informed by perceptions of futures elicited using participatory approaches. Land use scenario analysis is a promising approach to generating diverse visions of potential and desired future land use trajectories that resonate with international, national, and local planning agendas. This Special Issue aims to collate contributions on recent advances in the application of land use scenario tools in exploring future land use and land cover change trajectories at different scales and foci with innovative and transformative adaptation pathways. Potential topics include but are not limited to drivers and impacts of land use and land cover amongst other drivers of change; interactions between developmental and environmental processes; participatory approaches to land use land cover change analysis; interactions between institutions, technologies, and cultural practices; and identification of barriers and contingency factors that enable or hinder the acceptance and adoption of scenario findings—making scenarios work.

It should be noted that waivers or partial waivers of the publication fees will be available to high quality, well-written papers.

Prof. Dr. Rob Marchant
Dr. Tobias Nyumba
Dr. Jessica Thorn
Dr. Rebecca Kariuki
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Land is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2200 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.