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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.
The journal Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that address this topic. Notices of intent are due by 30 September 2018, full papers by 1 February 2019.
An excellent overview of how the global land change research community is applying a governance lens to telecoupled phenomena, building on the recent "Governance in Telecoupled Land Systems" workshop held in Berne, Switzerland, earlier this year.
GLP Fellow Erle Ellis has published an opinion piece in The New York Times urging people to start talking about what kind of planet we want to live on.
New research published in Nature Sustainability by GLP Members Zia Mehrabi, Erle Ellis and Navin Ramankutty finds dealing with the biodiversity crisis by giving nature more space could result in losing a lot of food.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for two-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2019. Each Fellow works with a Collaborating Mentor of their choosing that extends the Fellow’s current network of collaborators; the mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution.
To tackle the challenges of global environmental problems using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary environment, we are looking for a Scientific Specialist in geo-computation to join our Macroecology & Society group at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv).
To address fundamental questions regarding the patterns and drivers of global LULCC in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment, we offer an exciting two-year Postdoc position at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig (iDiv).
As is common in the developing world, people in East Africa still typically cook their meals with wood or charcoal – i.e. locally available biomass. Usually over a simple fire. But resulting deforestation, resource scarcity, and respiratory illnesses mean alternatives are urgently needed. CDE researchers and GLP members studied the implications of possible short-term improvements.
Developed nations can learn from China in reaching global sustainability goals, according to the first comprehensive study on the effectiveness of China’s world-leading environmental investment by GLP Member Brett Bryan.
A new podcast from the Aliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS) is about past and present advances in the fields of agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences. New episodes are released on the third Friday of every month.
The Natural Capital Singapore project aims at assessing Singapore’s ecosystem services for supporting sustainable urban planning decisions. The team involves ecologists, economists, social scientists, environmental modelers, and planners to make cities safer and more comfortable for their residents. The successful candidate will be hosted at the Singapore-ETH Centre in Singapore. Position starting as soon as possible until December 2020.
GLP Member Carlos Portillo-Quintero has published a national and sub-national level assessment of tropical dry forest loss patterns in Mexico and Central America at high spatial and temporal resolution using remote sensing and GIS technologies.
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure track position in the area of Agriculture, Food and the Environment. This position has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research integrates bio-physical and socio-cultural aspects of agriculture operating at local to international scales.
New analysis, from Trase, identifies the deforestation risks associated with the supply chain of one of the world´s most traded agricultural commodities – Brazilian soy, linking the companies and consumer countries to the regions where the soy is grown.
The Environmental Studies Program at the University of Colorado Boulder announces an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in quantitative human-environment science. The postdoc will join an interdisciplinary research group focused on interactions between humans and their environments, including human adaptation to environmental and climate change. Ongoing projects are based in Africa, Latin America, and the American West.
The German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) seeks a postdoctoral researcher to develop land-use datasets using cutting-edge methodologies in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks an associate professor candidate to lead a largely externally funded research programme in the analysis of Socio-Ecological Systems with a specialization that relates to either land use, biodiversity, ecosystem dynamics or green infrastructure with a focus on interdisciplinary approaches and solution-oriented research.
Colleagues from the Centre for Development and Environment and the Institute of Geography of the University of Bern will be convening two panels in the Swiss Researching Africa Days 2018, which will take place on 26–28 October 2018 in Bern, Switzerland. The panel topics are "Dynamics between globalized land and local well-being in Africa" and "Environmental justice and land management practices in Africa".
GLP Fellow Prof. Patrick Meyfroidt at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates for one Postdoctoral researcher position, for two years, on transformative governance of land systems in Mozambican frontiers.
GLP Member Pinki Mondal and colleagues Sonali McDermid and Marcia Macedo welcome submissions of abstracts to a session on "Global Vegetation and Land Surface Dynamics in a Changing Climate" at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting.
The first order draft (FOD) of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land is open for expert review until 5 August 2018, with registration closing 29 July 2018.
GLP Fellows Erle C Ellis and Jinwei Dong, and colleagues Paolo Tarolli and Damian Evans, We welcome submissions of abstracts to a session on "Fingerprinting the Anthropocene: Observing and Understanding Social Change Across Earth's Landscapes" at the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting.
Land-use intensification in agrarian landscapes is seen as a key strategy to simultaneously feed humanity and use ecosystems sustainably, but the conditions that support positive social-ecological outcomes remain poorly documented. A new article by several GLP Fellows and Members addresses this knowledge gap by synthesizing research that analyses how agricultural intensification affects both ecosystem services and human well-being in low- and middle-income countries.
The inaugural OzFlux – AsiaFlux Joint Conference in Darwin, NT, Australia is running from the 20 to 26 August, 2018. The conference will address issues of ‘Ecosystems, climate & land-use change across Asia & Australasia’ and is openn to all members of the research community.
The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Spatial Science of Coupled Natural-Human Systems.
The GLP working group on co-production held its first webinar, a kick-off session for anyone interested in co-production in the field of land-system science, in June. View a recording of the full webinar, download copies of the presentations, and more.
GLP Fellow Morgan Grove is spearheading a project for the U.S. Forest Service that matches non-profits employing formerly incarcerated workers who deconstruct abandoned buildings in big metropolises such as Baltimore with private companies looking for a dependable supply of reclaimed lumber.
XPRIZE is asking for your design concepts that can help solve a global need in one of five Grand Challenge Areas. The designers of the best concepts will work with experts at XPRIZE to further refine their concepts and develop them into the robust, incentivized competitions that take a global stage at our premier annual event, Visioneering 2018. Participants will be eligible to win prizes up to $100k in value.
Former GLP Executive Officer Sébastien Boillat and GLP Member Chinwe Ifejika Speranza invite abstracts for their Swiss Geosciences Meeting session, "Sustainable social-ecological systems: from local to global challenges".
The Institute of Geography and the Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of Bern, as well as the Platform Geosciences of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) cordially invite you to participate in the 16th Swiss Geoscience Meeting to be held on Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st, 2018 in Bern.
In the Group Science, Engineering & Technology, Faculty of Science, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Division of Geography and Tourism, there is a full-time academic vacancy in big data and human-environment systems, at the Arenberg campus in Leuven.
The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) seeks applications for a postdoctoral fellowship on African city food systems, beginning early September 2018. The postdoc will be based in South Africa for approximately 75% of the time and work as a guest researcher in the Netherlands for the remaining time.
GLP Fellow Eric Lambin is seeking two post-doctoral associates for a 2-year appointment at Stanford University to conduct cutting-edge research on public and private governance of land use in the developing world. Start date is January 15, 2019.
Applications are welcome for a summer school on Archetype Analysis at HU Berlin from 8-12 October 2018, led by GLP Working Group Coordinators Klaus Eisenack, Christoph Oberlack and Diana Seitz and additional GLP Members. The application deadline is June 29, 2018.
Announcing the first International Symposium focusing on the full complexity of changes associated with the transformation of tropical lowland rainforest into plantations systems such as rubber and oil palm with a focus on Southeast Asia. The event will take place in Bali, Indonesia, from 7-11 October 2018.
The Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU University Amsterdam inviting is looking for a tenure track assistant professor to further strengthen the teaching and research in the field of land use and food system dynamics.
GLP Members Graham McDonald and Yann le Polain de Waroux write in BioScience that improved access to data on land prices is vital for future advances in global change science and policy. Spatially explicit land price information should be a public good available to the international community. An open-access, global land price database would enable policymakers, scientists, and civic society to better grapple with the economic, social, and environmental challenges posed by global change.
Missed the Seedbeds of Transformation conference in South Africa in May? Read the updated conference blog, check out conference highlights, and see photos from the event. We also have links to media coverage of the event.
A research (Associate Specialist) position is available within the Water, Vegetation, and Society Lab (WAVES) at the Earth Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the area of coupled natural-human system modeling.
GLP Member Anna Hersperger and colleagues have published an article in Global Environmental Change with a research agenda formulated to establish a truly theory-based approach to describe and model the role of spatial planning in urban land-use change.
The GLP working group on co-production is pleased to invite you to our first webinar, a kick-off session for anyone interested in 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.
This summer school will bridge the gap between disciplinary PhD-programs and transdisciplinary (TD) research practice by introducing new TD approaches such as Real World Laboratories and TD methods such as .boundary objects or stakeholder dialogues. Special attention will be given to knowledge integration as this is one of the major cognitive challenges in TD research. Building a strong network and exchanging experiences between you, as young scientists, and leading international senior researchers will be the main focus in lectures, workshops and open spaces.
GEDI will make precise measurements of forest canopy height, canopy vertical structure, and surface elevation. It will radically improve our ability to characterize aboveground biomass, carbon and water cycling processes, biodiversity, and habitat. It is currently scheduled for launch on November 29, 2018.
Submission is now open for proposals to present symposia at the 10th IALE world congress that will be held in Milan (Italy) on 2019, July 1-5. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 2018, June 30.
For a Special Issue of Land, GLP Members Dr. Thilde Bech Bruun and Dr. Cornelia Hett as well as colleague Dr. Rob Cramb seek papers that provide new empirical evidence, review papers, and meta-analyses of case studies from the region. They are particularly interested in papers that look at the causes and effects of land-use changes from a multi- or interdisciplinary perspective, from a landscape level to a regional level.
A new study published in Global Environmental Change by Claudia Rodriguez Solorzano and GLP Member Forrest Fleischman explores the value of understanding historical political and institutional conditions in the design and development of effective protected areas. They found protected areas located in areas with greater economic and political equality may be more effective at conserving nature.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for the 6th Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis, to be held August 28-31, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
High-hopes are placed on the intensification of cattle ranching to reconcile agriculture and forest conservation in Latin America. A new study published in Sustainability by GLP Member Erasmus zu Ermgassen and colleagues looks at six on-the-ground efforts in the Brazilian Amazon to make this a reality.
The Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), a global research project of Future Earth, is looking for survey respondants for the project Toward biodiversity-related opportunities for sustainable development - a global social-ecological mountain comparison. For this global assessment, analyses will be performed at the level of mountain ranges or sub-ranges. Accordingly, they are asking for a broad picture of the mountain area respondants know, its nature, and the wellbeing of its inhabitants.
There is currently an opportunity to engage with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The organization seeks expert nominations for the assessment on values and the assessment of the sustainable use of wild species.
The 4th World Congress on Agroforestry will bring delegates and world-known keynote speakers from all over the world in a major event designed to address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the strengthening of agroforestry science and practice in order to provide opportunities for strengthening links between science, society and policy and to bridge the science-policy gap.
This event brings together biodiversity stakeholders from Europe and Central Asia in support of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The meeting includes the presentation event of the IPBES report on Europe & Central Asia (ECA) on the first morning.
In a new paper GLP Member Dr. Qiangyi Yu and colleagues, combined the number of cropland patches with the total cropland area for a more comprehensive characterization of cropland change in China based on GlobeLand30.
GLP Member Dr. Qiangyi Yu has been working on the "harvested area gap", a relatively new concept that measures the potential harvested area if all croplands are cultivated as frequently as possible. Here he summarizes several of the resulting publications.
The coordinators of the Archetype Analysis Working Group cordially invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Feature on “Archetype Analysis in Sustainability Research” in Ecology and Society from now onward until 31 May 2018.
The Department of Geography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware is seeking a graduate research assistant (RA) interested in the smallholder agricultural systems in the developing countries to join our program as soon as fall semester (September) 2018, or as late as spring semester (February) 2019.
Department of Life and Environmental Sciences at Bournemouth University is looking for a post-doctoral candidate to apply for the Marie Sklodowska – Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF 2018) on the topic of land use/cover changes in a traditional agricultural landscape in Croatia during post-socialism. The candidate will help to develop the MSCA-IF application, together with an experienced supervisory team and a professional bid writer.
GLP Taipei Nodal Office together with GLP Japan Nodal Office, are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for the GLP 2018 Asia Conference "Transitioning to Sustainable Development of Land Systems through Teleconnection and Telecouplings" to be held in Taipei, Taiwan on 03-05 September 2018.
From November 5-8, 2018, data professionals and researchers from all disciplines and from across the globe will convene in for International Data Week (IDW). The theme of this landmark event is ‘Digital Frontiers of Global Science’. As such, the International Data Week will bring together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policy makers and data stewards to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data-driven research and innovation.
Martin Brandt, along with SSC Fellow Ole Mertz and GLP Member Stephanie Herrmann, published an article in Nature Geoscience this month on macroscale assessments of the impact of management and climate on woody cover for drylands. They concluded that agricultural expansion causes a considerable reduction of trees in woodlands, but observations in Sahel indicate that villagers safeguard trees on nearby farmlands which contradicts simplistic ideas of a high negative correlation between population density and woody cover.
This is an announcement about the start of the external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The period for this second external review of the global assessment is from 30 April until 29 June, 2018. IPBES is looking for expert reviewers for the global assessment.
Future Earth has named 12 leading sustainability innovators to its recently-formed Advisory Committee, which will guide the next phase of Future Earth’s research and engagement. The new members of this committee come from the worlds of research, business and politics; they include a former member of Mongolia’s parliament, as well as a technology CEO named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. This group of inspiring innovators join co-Chairs Johan Rockström and Leena Srivastava, who were appointed to the Committee late last year.
GLP Member Dr. Mahesh Kumar Gaur invites papers for a special issue of the Annals of Arid Zone Research on Land Degredation and Rangeland Management under Changing Climates.
Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration.
Biodiversity – the essential variety of life forms on Earth – continues to decline in every region of the world, significantly reducing nature’s capacity to contribute to people’s well-being. This alarming trend endangers economies, livelihoods, food security and the quality of life of people everywhere, according to four landmark science reports released in March, written by more than 550 leading experts, from over 100 countries, including several GLP Members.
The international summit-conference will address the scientific basis of Climate Change in the region, its various impacts and challenges, mitigation/adaptation strategies, policy challenges and governance. This Conference will be preceded by two days of “more focused” scientific workshops (16th and 17th). The Pre-Conference workshops will examine in detail issues related to Air pollution and Climate Change, and interconnections with Energy and Agriculture in the region in view of the ongoing of Climate Change. The overall goal of the Summit-Conference would be to launch a “Nicosia Declaration” regarding the scientific basis of Climate Change in the region, including the high-level propositions for mitigation/ adaptation strategies.
The way we use land is changing. The demand for farmland, food and energy seems insatiable, but land is a finite resource. “Sustainable Land Management”, the 7-year research programme, which ended in 2017, investigated the consequences of land use under global change and developed strategies for a sustainable use. Coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), the programme synthesized and integrated results from 12 individual place-based projects located all around the world.
The Department of Geography and Geosciences at the University of Louisville invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Human Geography with the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2018. We seek candidates with innovative or critical research and teaching interests in social, cultural and/or environmental aspects of Globalization.
New remote sensing missions, airborne and in-situ platforms, and the explosion in data fusion and cloud computing technologies are revolutionizing how we monitor and model forests around the world. These technologies are also helping us confront new management challenges within forested ecosystems, including human and natural stressors. ForestSAT 2018 brings its participants to the forefront of this revolution, continuing the legacy of previous ForestSAT conferences that first began in 2002.
The International Resource Panel is seeking volunteers to contribute a very short (750-1500 word) policy chapter on one of the SDGs addressing the (a) co-benefits and possible costs/tradeoffs of land Restoration for the SDG, and (b) strategies for using land restoration to achieve the SDG. The chapters should be written for policymakers, and supported by at least several references. Responses from scientist-practitioners with both specialized knowledge of individual SDGs and an understanding of sustainable land management/restoration/rehabilitation are particularly welcome.
How do land system scientists use case studies to create more generalized knowledge? As part of the GLOBE project, Dr. Alyson Young and Dr. Wayne Lutters have now published their findings from a three-and-a-half year ethnographically-informed field study of research synthesis efforts of the Global Land Programme.
SSC Member Darla Munroe uses GLOBE for one of the assignments in her course, Geography 5402 - Land-use Geography. She wrote a report on the assignment as well as the students’ assessment of the platform. She also offers some ideas for how GLOBE could evolve further to include higher-level frameworks.
It’s very timely that the Earth observation community reports on applied remote sensing or geospatial research that can assist countries setting the SDG targets, as well as tracking progress towards their implementation. Thus we propose a special edition on EO and the SDG in the Remote Sensing of Environment Journal, a team work boosted and led by a member of the GLP Scientific Steering Committee, Professor Graciela Metternicht (University of New South Wales, Australia).
As part of the 5-year “Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa” (LIRA 2030 Africa) programme, the International Council for Science (ICSU), in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support up to 11 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) that will that explore integrated approaches for sustainable urban development in Africa.
This is a call for papers for two sessions at SciDataCon (Scientific Data Conference), which will take place 5-8 November in Gaborone, Botswana, as part of the ICSU-RDA International Data Week. The deadline for submissions is April 30.
There are no accepted guidelines for detecting biases or logical gaps between 'generalized knowledge claims' (GKC’s) and the evidence used to produce them. In this important new article in Global Environmental Change, several GLP Members propose a typology of GKCs based on their evidence base and the process by which they are produced.
The authors, including GLP Member Diana Sietz, present a mixed-method approach to assessing archetypes or patterns of climate vulnerability that combines qualitative tools from participatory rural assessment approaches and quantitative techniques including cluster analysis. They illustrate this by looking at a case study of the Central Andes of Peru.
The GLP Working Group on «Archetype Analysis in Land Governance and Sustainability Research» convened its second workshop at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin from 28 February through 2 March 2018. The meeting made an important next step in consolidating the precise meaning and methodological portfolio of archetype analysis. Discussions were held on current methodological challenges and best practices in archetype analysis.
GLP SSC Member Unai Pascual published an analysis in Nature Sustainability of the opportunities and limitations of Payments for Environmental Services (PES) based on a new global dataset.
GLP Member Zia Mehrabi had a Correspondence piece published in Nature on the need to democratize access to big data, field robotics and new sensing technology to suit the smallholders who comprise the majority of farmers worldwide.
NEXT summer school offers a number of highly interactive sessions designed to familiarise the audience with the state of art in the field and analytical tools; this will be followed by supervised group research, and then by presentations of research findings to the school faculty and stakeholders. The target audience are senior MSc and PhD students, postdocs and professionals.
The editors of a special issue of the Journal of Land Use Science invite you to submit abstracts on "Transdisciplinary perspectives on current transformations at extractive and agrarian frontiers in Latin America".
LANDSCAPE EUROPE is an interdisciplinary network of national research institutes with expertise in landscape assessment, planning and management at the interface of policy implementation, education and state-of-the-art science in support of sustainable landscape. Their new website features events, calls and posted vacancies.
The Journal of Land Use Science is looking to publish timely commentaries on current debates. Short (2,000 word) manuscripts that take a side on a controversial issue – please present a strong position supported by evidence.
Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. We invite you to join us in this critical wildlife conservation effort. Our mission is to increase professionalism and effectiveness in the human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management field.
The Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership is offering an intensive training for postdocs who conduct sustainability research with a focus on food systems/sovereignty.
Inspire4Nature s a PhD training network at the interface between the science and the policy of international biodiversity conservation, funded by the EU Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. They are now recruiting 15 PhD positions – each one of them in collaboration with one (or more) leading international conservation organisations!
A joint workshop of the European Space Agency GlobDiversity consortium and the Future Earth Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment (GMBA), Global Land Programme (GLP), and BioDISCOVERY Global Research Projects looked at recent developments in remote sensing (RS) and the beginning of a new era in biodiversity monitoring and assessment by enabling not only the collection of spatial data but also that of biodiversity data.
Pathways is a conference and training program designed to address the myriad of issues that arise as people and wildlife struggle to coexist in a sustainable and healthy manner. Attendees are encouraged to submit an organized session and/or individual abstract. Proposals for abstracts and sessions should focus on the overall Conference Themes.
A major reduction in global deforestation is needed to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss. Recent private sector commitments aim to eliminate deforestation from a company’s operations or supply chain, but they fall short on several fronts. Lead author GLP Fellow Eric Lambin and GLP Member Robert Heilmayr review current supply-chain initiatives, their effectiveness, and the challenges they face, and go on to identify knowledge gaps for complementary public–private policies.
The papers of this special issue of Environmental Science & Policy aim to support national sustainable development aspirations by providing guidance of needed policies, procedures and governance to regulate national land use by avoiding further net loss of productive lands.
Land-use change and climate change impact on ecosystems multiple ways. Yet our modelling skills in how the corresponding biotic, abiotic and social processes interact is still poor. We seek a post-doctoral researcher to improve on some key issues.
The “people and pixels” move in geography shed light on the concerns of sustainability, human livelihoods, land use planning, resource use, and conservation, and led to practical innovations in agricultural planning, hazard impact analysis, and drought monitoring. What will the next 20 years bring?
The University of Michigan announces one post-doctoral research opportunity, beginning August 2018 and focusing on urban GIS broadly-conceived. The successful applicant will work on Food Systems.
The Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies (CMES), together with the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) would like to invite contributions for the 2nd International Conference on Mountain Futures, with a focus on “Ecosystem Rhythms, Land Systems, and Sustainable Livelihoods”.
The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will run an international Summer School on the topic of ecosystems and land use change during August 2018 located at the Campus Alpin of IMK-IFU (Garmisch-Partenkirchen). The summer school will introduce masters and doctoral students to a wide range of issues related to ecosystem functioning, socio-ecological systems and land use change.
Several postdoc and PhD positions are available for two NASA funded projects. Both projects focus on land use change, and will makes extensive use of satellite data. One project will focus on land use change, especially long-term degradation of forests and grasslands in the Caucasus Mountains, analyze large amounts of satellite data, and link the observed changes to socioeconomic factors. The second project will focus on the development of methods to map agricultural abandonment, fallow fields and grasslands based on both Landsat and Sentinel-2 data. Test sites will be in Eastern Europe and across the globe.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo is seeking two outstanding masters students to join an interdisciplinary research team.
Join colleagues from 2-4 May 2018 at the European Space Agency in Frascati, Italy, as organizers bring together Earth observation data providers and users to share knowledge and best practices in the management and use of Earth observation data, while working together to enhance together the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).
Plentiful food, clean water and healthy air are among the most valuable and visible benefits of nature to people. This has reinforced the widespread, and increasingly controversial, belief that nature is mainly a source of services or commodities. Writing in the prestigious journal Science, thirty global experts associated with the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and led by GLP Member Professor Sandra Díaz and new SSC Member Professor Unai Pascual, have presented an innovative new approach: the idea of using all of nature’s contributions to people to inform policies and decisions.
In June 2018, the Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies will host the second international Mountain Futures Conference. Mountain Futures 2018 will offer unique opportunities to participate in and shape the new activities of the Mountain Futures Initiative, and continue knowledge and innovation-sharing for all with interests in mountain regions.
This position will add to the Terrestrial Ecology team at NASA Headquarters which otherwise includes a Program Manager, a Program Scientist, and occasional support by contract personnel. It is an IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act) position.
As part of the 2018 IGU Regional Conference (http://igu2018.ulaval.ca) which will be held in the Québec City Convention Centre from August 6 to 10, 2018, the IGU commission on Geography for Future Earth: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability (IGU-GFE) will organize the session “Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability”.
On behalf of the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Université Laval, North America’s oldest French-language university, we are pleased to invite you to Quebec City to participate in the 2018 International Geographical Union (IGU) Regional Conference - Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) Annual Meeting - National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) Annual Conference to be held in Canada from August 6 to 10, 2018.
GLP is pleased to announce the 2018 GLP Asia Conference in Taipei September 3-5, 2018. The teleconnections and telecouplings offer conceptual frameworks to evaluate socio-economic and environmental interactions over distances. In order to transition to environmental sustainability, the frameworks are helpful to measure drivers and impacts of the interactions, and to model the interactions from global to local scales.
The organizers are seeking proposals for sessions that encourage active participation and open dialogue among attendees. Sessions should seek to draw on diverse perspectives from research, policy and practice and focus on African priorities and actions. Proposals that originate from African-based applicants or that have a strong link to local, national and regional African contexts are preferred, though other proposals will be considered.
The meeting May 9-11, 2018, is designed to provide a collaborative, transdisciplinary space for people with diverse perspectives to explore transformations and the SDGs in Africa. It will be a relatively small meeting (300) and is designed to be conference of dialogue and engagement rather than of conventional presentations.
Experts in landscape-related disciplines, vegetation and agricultural and forestry sciences, green areas design and management, urban regeneration and sustainability, environmental and urban prevention and monitoring, geography, social sciences, and environmental psychology are invited to submit abstracts to this June 2018 conference in Italy.
Join a deeply interdisciplinary conference June 6-8, 2018, which aims at exploring the manifold and mutual relationships which are at the basis of the landscape-safety nexus, crosscutting research and practical experiences and policies bridging the landscape and green planning, health, and urban policies fields.
The new School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track open rank faculty position in the field of Data Science for Sustainable Development.
The DSSAT Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the International Fertilizer Development Center will host an International Training Program entitled DSSAT 2018 - "Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models" from May 14 through May 19, 2018 at the University of Georgia Campus in Griffin, Georgia, USA.
As the Trump administration slashes federal estimates of the future costs of climate change, new research by GLP Member Thomas Hertel and colleagues suggests that even the much higher cost calculated by the Obama administration might be too low.
GLP Member Thomas Hertel has been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world's largest general scientific society.
With this call the European Space Agency (ESA) plans to support up to 10 Post-Doctoral researchers (supported by ESA with a ceiling price of 99KEuro per 2-years under a co-funding scheme) to carry out a research project at a Host Institution in an eligible ESA Member State.
GLP Fellow Patrick Hostert and GLP Members Volker Radeloff and Crystal Schaaf will serve a five-year term from 2018 to 2023. The team’s primary responsibility is to conduct Landsat-based scientific research and engineering studies, develop useful data products and applications and share the results of its work with the USGS, NASA and others.
UNBC invites applications for this professorship, which will enable an already outstanding researcher to maximize their contribution as a center of research and research training in this area.
The Guest Editors of a Special Issue of the journal Land focused on Advancing Methods and Models for Implementing REDD+ for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation invite manuscripts.Deadline is rolling and will be open until April 2018.
The editors of a new journal by Springer, Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences, are actively soliciting review papers. The two windows of submission opportunity are mid December 2017 (still open) and mid March 2018.
Beginning in 2018, Leena Srivastava and Johan Rockström will co-chair the Advisory Committee as it guides Future Earth into the next phase in the organization's evolution as an international platform for research and innovation.
The international research organisations will join forces to catalyse new research to inform evidence-based policy focusing on the world’s biodiversity.
An article in Nature by GLP Fellow Karlheinz Erb provides a surprisingly large estimate of just how consequential our treatment of land surfaces and vegetation has been for the planet and its atmosphere. If true, it’s a finding that could shape not only our response to climate change, but our understanding of ourselves as agents of planetary transformation, writes The Washington Post.
Each summer, Breakthrough seeks five to ten outstanding young analysts, writers, and thought leaders for the Breakthrough Generation Fellowship. Fellows will contribute writing and research to one our three main issue areas at the Breakthrough Institute: Energy, Conservation, or Food & Farming.
The seven members of the SAM HLG are appointed by the Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, from a short list established by an Identification Committee. The short list now needs to be replenished to build a pool of first-class candidates for replacements.
The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field. The Fellowship provides a $15,000 cash award for academic study, leadership training, access to a vibrant network of more than 600 Switzer Fellowship alums, and opportunities for professional development during the Fellowship year and beyond.
Severe wildfires may endanger the water supply of human and natural communities. GLP Member François-Nicolas Robinne created a global index to assess wildfire risks to water security, using the DPSIR framework to select and aggregate 33 risk indicators into one index. They found beyond post-fire hazards, potential impacts and resilience capacities drive the global wildfire-water risk. Wildfire risk to water security can occur globally but may be particularly acute in water-insecure countries.
The BNP Paribas Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with the Agropolis Foundation, and under the auspices of the French ministry of Higher education, Research and Innovation, today announced the creation of One Planet Fellowship, a $15 million 5-year programme.
The National Audubon Society seeks a Director of Geospatial Science to: (1) provide expertise on the application of geospatial technologies, especially remote sensing, to conservation issues; (2) lead an interdisciplinary team that builds new mapping approaches and guides the strategic use of spatial information to inform policy and conservation practices, and (3) support Audubon leadership with management and fundraising efforts.
Up to 3 PhD students are sought to work in the areas of climate and environmental policy, decision making under (deep) uncertainty, and/or complex socio-technical (or socio-ecological) systems at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the call for session proposals for the IGU Thematic Conference to be held in Moscow, Russia on 04-06 June 2018. Sessions could be organized by IGU commissions or group of scholars on relevant interdisciplinary themes. The deadline for submitting your session proposals is 1 December 2017.
The conference which will be held under the auspices of the International Geographical Union (IGU) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Institute of Geography of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) - the largest world-renowned geographical research organization in Russia. This occasion provides an opportunity to make an overview of the domestic and international trends in geography’s development to analyze the growing impact of scientific research internationalization, the aggravation of global problems, changing theoretical paradigms, radical renewal of research methods and predictions’ validity, as well as to strengthen the integration between social and environmental branches of geography.
Up to three Ph.D. graduate research assistantships are available at Michigan State University in the areas of social-ecological systems, coupled human and natural systems, ecosystem services, and participatory research to support a pair of new, multi-year, multidisciplinary, NASA-funded projects addressing the socio-ecological effects of climate change and dam construction in the Lower Mekong River Basin (i.e. Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam).
SEI is recruiting a highly motivated Data Scientist with a strong research background in environmental and social data processing and analysis, and a strong drive for innovation. The successful candidate will contribute to an exciting and innovative development in global supply chain sustainability – the Transparency for Sustainable Economies (Trase) platform (www.trase.earth).
DEADLINE DECEMBER 1! This is a unique opportunity to be at the heart of an international team breaking exciting new ground in the pursuit of more transparent and sustainable supply chains. The role will sit within the Supply Chains programme at Global Canopy in the United Kingdom, and will also work very closely with Trase staff at the Stockholm Environment Institute, and other collaborating organisations worldwide.
The research group on Land Use Change & Climate at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in collaboration with the Laboratory for Geoinformation Science and Remote Sensing at Wageningen University, is currently looking for a PhD candidate in historic land cover/use change and aboveground biomass modelling.
The objectives of a recent study published in Sustainability were to analyse how the challenging approach of TDR is currently adopted and implemented in the field of land-use research and to identify potential influencing factors.
The Department of Geography and Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland Baltimore County invites outstanding applicants to apply for their Environment and Society Fellowship.
The Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) is offering 5 years of guaranteed funding for their PhD program on any aspect of the environment.
The Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) in the College of Natural Resources at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Quantitative Environmental Remote Sensing with an expected start date of July 1, 2018.
The ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) Land Cover team have developed a map based on 1 year of Sentinel-2A observations from December 2015 to December 2016.
Applications are invited for a 2-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position as part of a newly NASA-funded interdisciplinary project titled “The Global Land Rush: A Socio-Environmental Synthesis." This project will conduct an integrated global synthesis of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), a growing phenomenon in the global South as governments and transnational investors seek to secure access to land in developing countries to produce food, bio-fuels, and non-agricultural commodities. Start date is June 1, 2018 (or earlier).
GLP Member Laura Sonter found mining significantly increased Amazon forest loss up to 70 km beyond mining lease boundaries, causing 11,670 km2 of deforestation between 2005 and 2015. This extent represents 9% of all Amazon forest loss during this time and 12 times more deforestation than occurred within mining leases alone.
Land changes studied at a variety of scales, both in space and time, will be presented in an attempt to explore the role of analytical tools and technologies in understanding changing landscapes. Priorities include novel techniques for quantifying and analyzing land change with the use of old and new remote sensors.
This paper is the first to link ecological theory of non-linear ecosystem dynamics to Land Degradation Neutrality offering essential insights into appropriate timings, climate-induced windows of opportunities and risks, and the financial viability of investments.
Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Programme, the COUPLED network PhD students will be selected for 3-year advanced multidisciplinary research training in Global Land-Use Change and Telecoupling, starting July 2018 or earlier.
The Dept. of Land Economics at National Chengchi University is seeking a full-time assistant professor, associate professor or professor for the field of Spatial Planning and Climate Change.
Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science at University of Copenhagen is offering a PhD scholarship in geography commencing 01.04.2018 or as soon as possible thereafter to study the spill-over effects of demands for certified tropical products in Europe.
A century of fire suppression followed by the worst drought in recorded history has put California’s forest landscapes and water supply at risk. A study led by GLP Member Van Butsic of U.C. Berkeley proposes a new way to manage forests.
Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that present validated insights into development solutions for reducing malnutrition and increasing food security for mountain people; that analyze food systems in mountains against the background of global trends and the need for conserving ecosystems; or that offer agendas for research or policymaking aimed at increasing the sustainability of food systems in mountains.
The Department of Geography at The University of Alabama seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor who will support the continued expansion of their Department including the implementation of their new Ph.D. program.
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Geography Department at Kansas State University beginning August 2018 with focus on nature-society interactions and applications of complex systems thinking and geospatial computational methods.
The open access journal, Forests, announced the initiation of the annual Forests Awards, two Travel Awards for postdocs or PhD students consisting of CHF 800 / USD 850 / EUR 700 to attend a forestry related conference.
Applications are sought for research that will leverage the power of Earth observations data; other sources of new, complex, and large datasets; and advanced analytical methods to analyze such data.
The University of Sussex is seeking a PhD candidate to work closely with ForPAc to assess the potential of new earth observation datasets (e.g., Sentinel) to deliver near real-time monitoring and prediction of useful and accessible biomass for pastoralism.
The purpose of the position is to strengthen and develop ongoing research on the interaction between the globalization of agriculture and socio-economic dynamics in rural areas that are undergoing transformations. The research will have a specific focus on Africa and Asia.
The CHNS Lab is seeking an enthusiastic PhD student with an interest in conservation biology and land use and land cover change in Southeast Asia.
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 20! GLP is currently seeking to nominate new SSC members starting January 1, 2018. The Global Land Programme (GLP) is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability and a Global Research Project (GRP) of the Future Earth international research platform.
This postdoc will test for the urban region of Austin, TX (USA) the theoretical model and tools currently designed by the CONCUR team.
During a summer school focusing on land system science, a group of young scholars from around the world spent an entire week getting to grips with data, tools and models for analysing landscape patterns and processes.
GLP parent organization Future Earth is collating nominations for Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Expert Reviewers for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report (AR6) and land system science needs your voice.
GLP Fellow Andreas Heinimann and SSC Member Ole Mertz, along with researchers at CDE and UMD, authored a paper that estimates a possible strong decrease in shifting cultivation over the next decades, raising issues of livelihood security and resilience among people currently depending on shifting cultivation.
Clark University is especially interested in applicants with substantive interests in one or more of: feminist political ecology, gender and environment, race and environment, critical social theory, indigenous studies, urban ecology, food systems, environmental and climate justice, materialism, animal geographies, or posthumanism, and the ability to contribute to teaching in one or more of Clark’s curricula in Women’s and Gender Studies, Global Environmental Studies, and Earth System Science.
In the context of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium for biodiversity and ecosystems (Lifewatch), an interdisciplinary team coordinated by UCL in partnership with ULg (biodiversity and landscape unit) provides tailor-made geographic database of the natural habitats in order 1) to contribute to biodiversity information in Wallonia and 2) to reinforce the excellence of European biodiversity research.
The successful applicants for this position with the Université catholique de Louvain will be in charge of the necessary satellite remote sensing development and of the production of national forest maps for the 10 countries of the Congo Basin (Central Africa).
The Ohio State University seeks a scholar who works with sensor technology data from remote platforms (aircraft, drones, or satellite) and/or sensor networks, with applications in land cover change and ecosystem dynamics at local to global scales.
New deadline for abstract submission is 9 October 2017! The Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) invites submissions for a March 2018 conference in Berlin and Muencheberg, Germany, on recent advances in landscape research to enhance the development of sustainable agricultural land use and landscape strategies.
GLP Member Van Butsic writes in a new PPIC report that California’s headwater forests are not thriving under current management practices, and changes are needed to make them more resilient to periodic drought and long-term climate change.
The Department of Earth System Science (ESS) at The University of California Irvine seeks to hire an Assistant Professor with expertise in the coupling of human and natural systems, with the goal of strengthening the department’s commitment to understanding and teaching how Earth system change interacts with human systems.
This postdoctoral position focuses on understanding the role that agricultural commodity supply chain sustainability initiatives, such as certification schemes, moratoria, voluntary corporate commitments and government regulations, play in reducing the clearance forests and other ecosystems in the tropics.
Within a joint project with CIAT/Nairobi Karlsruhe Institute of Technology seeks a post-doctoral scientist or Ph.D. student to explore how different management practices affect crop yields, soil carbon pools and other ecosystems across Eastern Africa.
The Faculty of Economics and Management Science of Leipzig University is looking to fill this position as soon as possible.
The first of a series of Future Earth Natural Assets Knowledge Action Network (KAN) workshops was held this past September 12-13 at the University of Bern, Switzerland.
GLP Member Ramon Felipe Bicudo da Silva and GLP North American Nodal Office Co-Coordinator Emilio Moran have published a new article in Land.
GLP Member James Millington has published a paper in Land examining important representational and modelling considerations in the context of global food trade and local land use, to help guide the development of hybrid models for investigating sustainability through the telecoupling framework.
Prof. Dr. Alexis Comber welcomes submissions covering all areas of LULC, and papers that focus on the challenges associated with time series data, including classification, LULC change, and LULC error reporting are particularly encouraged.
GLP Member Eric Lambin and colleagues have shown there is a surprisingly cheap and easy way to slow the pace of deforestation in Uganda: Just pay landowners small sums not to cut down their trees. A recent article in the New York Times details how it works.
The Information Day on 27-28 October 2017aims to put into practice one of the core missions of the Belmont Forum: identifying and scoping with stakeholders and communities concerned priorities for solutions-oriented environmental change research.
Farmers around the world are using untreated wastewater to irrigate their crops way more than was previously thought—at least 50 percent more, according to a recent study by GLP Fellow Eric Lambin.
GLP Member Matthias Baumann's research on how Chaco trees are used to make charcoal highlights the threats to dry forests.
The Department of Government at Uppsala University and Uppsala Forum invites you to a full-day workshop focusing on the theme of local-level participation in a developing country context. GLP Member Forrest Fleischman and others presenting.
GLP Member Thomas Hertel’s team was awarded funding for their proposal, Managing Global Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World’s Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century.
SSC Member Allison Thomson was quoted in an article about innovative solutions for climate, water quality, and your next meal.
GLP Member Roman Carrasco published an update of the national accounts of 80 nations that underwent tropical deforestation from 2000 to 2012 and evaluated their development trajectories using weak and strong sustainability criteria.
GLP Member Roman Carrasco has published in PLOS Biology about trade-offs between agricultural benefits, carbon emissions, and losses of multiple ecosystem services because of tropical deforestation from 2000 to 2012.
The book by Claudia Bieling and GLP Member Tobias Plieninger brings together contributions from leading scholars and innovative models of landscape stewardship from all around the world.
Despite massive efforts at reforestation, China's native forests continue to be displaced by plantations. A new study by GLP Member Jianchu Xu and colleagues from the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Kunming Institute of Botany (KIB), Princeton University, and Sun Yat-sen University argues that rural communities could help reverse this trend if they were given incentives to protect and restore native forests on their own land.
In the context of the ESA Climate Change Initiative, ESA and UCLouvain are pleased to invite participants to the 1st CCI Land Cover User Workshop at ESRIN (Frascati, Italy) on the 31st August 2017.
The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the launch of their joint call on the following theme: Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The call is planned to be launched in October 2017, with a closing date in December 2017.
GLP Member Mahmoud Ibrahim-Mahmoud and his colleagues write the scale and pace of new transportation projects, and the profound environmental changes they could bring, underscore a dire need for proactive land-use planning, capacity building, and environmental assessment in the nations of Equatorial Africa.
Findings published in Sustainability by GLP Member Anna Hersperger and colleagues indicate that the distance between objectives and outcomes can be attributed to differences in countries’ spatial planning approaches, which should also be placed into the wider economic, institutional and legislative context. The study provides valuable insights for the integration of time series of spatial data into the evaluation procedure.
GLP Members Kirsten de Beurs and Geoffrey Henebry invite disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary presentations whether they be case studies, technical/methodological advances, or syntheses on the topic of evaluating changing arid or mountain landscapes.
GLP Members Christoph Oberlack and Diana Sietz, along with their colleague Klaus Eisenack, would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming Special Feature on “ArchetypeAnalysis in Sustainability Research” in “Ecology and Society”.
The organizers are inviting experts studying the Water-Energy-Food (W-E-F) to present their findings (oral papers and posters) at scientific session GC002 of the 2017 Amerian Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. They are particuarly keen to obtain perspectives gained from the INFEWS program and Future Earth’s W-E-F Nexus Cluster project.
The use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 percent more widespread than previously thought, according to a new study published this week in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
SSC Member Ole Mertz found context is very important for understanding different design and outcomes of land sparing and land sharing policies and that more evidence is needed on the processes for integration of rapidly evolving scientific debates in land policy-making in developing countries.
Dr. Hans Hurni is Guest Editor for a special issue of Sustainability, "Degradation and Sustainable Management of Land" and invites manuscripts until 31 January 2018.
GLP Member Thomas Hertel welcomes paper submissions for session GC046: Interdependence of Coupled Human and Natural Systems around the World at the Fall AGU meeting December 11-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Australian mining industry continuously seeks improvement in environmental performances to set leading practice examples across the globe. To this end, there is a need to develop an automated system that could integrate varied sources of remotely obtained data from various platforms to detect changes in sensitive ecosystem within active and post mining landscapes. This project will develop a 4D (space and time) data visualisation tool to facilitate quick and holistic review of the functioning of the ecosystem elements exposed to potential mining impacts.
Paper submissions are welcome for session GC057: People and Pixels 20th Anniversary: Advances in the Use of Remote Sensing in the Social Sciences at the Fall AGU meeting December 11-15 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On June 14 Future Earth announced Amy Luers as its new executive director. Dr. Luers has over 20 years experience working on sustainability at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. She will start her new role at Future Earth in September 2017. GLP is a Global Research Project of Future Earth.
GLP Member Alexander Prishchepov is a guest editor for a special issue of Land, "Understanding the Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Agricultural Land Use Change and Land-Use Intensity" and invites manuscripts until August 31.
GLP SSC Member Allison Thomson recently served on a DuPont panel to help fill a climate exposure and natural resources gap in the company's Global Food Security Index (GFSI).
In developing countries, rural smallholders and communities derive about one-quarter of their income from the forest around them. But a recent study by GLP Member Kathleen Hermans-Neumann indicates that these resources are becoming scarcer, with their availability dwindling over time.
The meeeting seeks to assess the current issues and key knowledge gaps of land-use in the climate system. The organizers invite contributions (oral or poster presentations) that explore open questions related to land-use change in the broader climate system, specifically focusing on regional to global scale aspects.
Current research recognizes the inherent complexity of ecosystems and the inability to foresee all consequences of interventions across different spatial, temporal, and administrative scales. Ecosystem management is thus seen as a “wicked problem” that has no clear-cut solution, write GLP Member Ruth DeFries and GLP SSC Member Harini Nagendra in Science.
Pockets of small landholdings used for hobby farms and grazing are most susceptible to urban infill and industrial development, leaving larger horticultural and dryland farms for food production, according to GLP Member Andrew Milligton and GLP SSC Member Neville Crossman.
The first large-scale assessment of oil palm expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean offers valuable insights on the key drivers of oil palm expansion at a fairly early stage, according to GLP SSC Member Navin Ramankutty and GLP Member Jordan Graesser.
GLP SSC Member Harini Nagendra is guest editor for a special issue of Sustainability, "Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: The Role of People" and invites manuscripts until July 31.
GLP Member Peter Alexander's study in Global Food Security found that if half of traditional animal products were replaced by imitation meat or insects the land required to produce the world’s food would be slashed by a third.
GLP Member Leonie Seabrook is co-author on a new paper in Pacific Conservation Biology that finds the rates of land clearing in the State of Queensland, Australia, are at globally significant levels.
This work by GLP Members Garik Gutman and Volker Radeloff analyzes the effects of one of the most dramatic changes of entire societies that the world has ever witnessed. It explores the collapse of socialist governance and management systems on land cover and land use in various parts of Eastern Europe.
Openings are available for 3 post-doctoral research positions Switzerland and the United Kingdom as part of the ERC Consolidator Grant funded project “Indigenous Communities, Land Use and Tropical Deforestation” (INCLUDE).
A tenure track in human geography with a specialization in development and rural-urban transformations in the Global South is open at the Section for Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. The successful candidate will be attached to the research group Environment and Society in Developing Countries.
AidData has announced the public beta launch of geo(query), a geospatial data extraction tool that makes is easier for policy analysts, program evaluators, and scientists to contuct analysis of development policies and programs using geospatial data.
The organizers invite contributions (oral or poster presentations) that explore open questions related to land-use change in the broader climate system, specifically focusing on regional to global scale aspects.
The Helmholtz Association is providing long-term investment for a Research Group on Land Use Change at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Research Group aims to advance knowledge of the causes and consequences of change in socio-ecological systems from local to global scales and is currently recruiting two postdoctoral researchers.
This research aims to observe and document local social and institutional practices and processes relating to the establishment of community forests, and from this to capture learnings and propose best practices and effective methodologies and tools for use in RFUK’s community forests project in DRC.
The Department of Community Sustainability and the Center for Global Change and Earth Observation at Michigan State University is searching for a full-time Research Associate to be a part of a four-year NSF-funded grant that is developing new ways to reduce the social, economic and environmental costs of hydropower development.
On April 7th, GLP Member Dr. Christopher Justice received the 'Outstanding Contributions in Remote Sensing Award' from the Remote Sensing Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers at the 2017 Annual AAG Meeting in Boston. This award was for his lifetime contribution to the discipline from his peers.
GLP Member Jonas Nielsen and Tobias Kuemmerle from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, have together with partners from academia, business and civil society, been awarded an Innovative Training Network (ITN) from the EU Program for Research and Innovation - Horizon 2020. It is financed by approximately 3.8 million Euros and will run from 2018 to 2022.
The GLP & ERC 677140 MIDLAND project (Developing middle-range theories linking land use displacement, intensification, and transitions) held a joint workshop “Middle-range theory development in land system science: Beyond box-and-arrows frameworks” this past March 29-31 in Weggis. Led by SSC members Patrick Meyfroidt and Rinku Roy Chowdhury, the workshop aimed to stimulate theoretical thinking in the LSS community, in particular on theories explaining some of the major processes in land systems including land use expansion, intensification, transitions and displacement.
As an observer organisation to IPCC, Future Earth can nominate motivated individuals as Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors for the "Special Report on Climate Change and Land: An IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems” with a deadline of 17 May 2017.
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in collaboration with the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) offers one Postdoctoral position for a candidate who would like to pursue a career in international environmental policy and the multiple values of ecosystems and biodiversity.
UFZ Leipzig seeks a motivated, innovative, broadly thinking scholar whose research focus is on the quantitative analysis of resource-use driven human-environmental feedbacks on the global scale with sound underpinning through regional case studies. Research areas could include natural resource management, including questions surrounding biodiversity conservation, water, forests, energy, etc.), food systems, food security, subsistence and livelihoods, socio-economic material and energy flows; tele-connections in the global land system.
The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas.
Research on human-environment relations is becoming increasingly interdisciplinary. Various and often quite different disciplines spanning natural, social and human sciences engage in research focusing on how humans live in, affect, govern, reflect upon and perceive their natural environment, and how, in turn, that environment supports or constrains human life and culture. A multiplicity of methods, epistemologies and even ontologies thus intermingle in human-environment research. How well do these integrate to enable (truly) interdisciplinary research?
Future Earth is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for biodiversity research for global sustainability, the Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science or PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets. This program is the first in a series of grants addressing the key challenges of Future Earth and the Future Earth Vision for “people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world."
Despite considerable variations, most parts of the Global South are currently experiencing dramatic land use changes and unprecedented rural-urban transformations. This course will provide PhD students with historical and geographical insights, theoretical perspectives, and clear methodologies, to equip them to comprehend these complex transformations.
iDiv, the German Center for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig, invites applications to 10 PhD positions for candidates having a strong background in biodiversity research and deep interest in interdisciplinary studies.
The world’s countries will face tough choices if they want to achieve several different targets for sustainability, such as reducing their fossil fuel footprints and conserving water, at once. That is the conclusion of a new study by GLP Member Brett Bryan that explored the different options that Australia has for meeting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – a set of 17 goals that almost 200 nations have signed on to work toward by 2030.
Clark University’s Professor Robert Pontius will offer his workshop entitled LAND CHANGE ANALYSIS at the 2017 AAG meeting. This workshop includes lectures, discussion and hands-on training concerning GIS-based measurement and simulation of land change.
The aim of the conference is to present recent advances in landscape research to enhance the development of sustainable agricultural land use and landscape strategies. The particular objective is to bring together key findings from relevant disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches as well as from basic and application-oriented research.
Applications are invited for a Research Fellowship to work on an interdisciplinary project entitled “Farmer organisations and the resilience and sustainability of small farms”. The project will investigate the viability and potential of farmer organisations as ways to promote sustainable practices for, and build the resilience of small farm-based commercial enterprises in a context of rural—urban and international migration, agricultural feminisation, and the aspirations of rural youth.
If increasingly globalized societies are to make better land management decisions, the geosciences must globally evaluate how humans are reshaping Earth's surface, writes GLP Member Erle Ellis and colleagues.
GLP Members Verena Seufert and Navin Ramankutty published a commentary on CNN.com showcasing their conclusions about organic versus convention agriculture on three key fronts: environmental impact, producer and consumer benefits. They discovered that organic farming does matter -- just not in the way most people think.
Stitching together production, trade and customs data, GLP Member Javier Godar and his colleagues at the Stockholm Environment Institute and Global Canopy Program have produced detailed maps of the flow of beef and soy from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay. With an aim to help companies, financial institutions and governments understand the social and environmental impacts of the global trade in agricultural commodities, Trase is connecting each link in the supply chain, from source to port.
Despite advanced monitoring systems and global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining, writes GLP Member Navin Ramankutty.
The candidate will apply novel remote sensing techniques for large area – long time series data, as well as economics and social metrics, to detect uncontested lands. Then look at prioritising uncontested lands for conservation based on estimates of ecological restoration and costs.
The Integrated Assessment Modeling group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, seeks a postdoctoral researcher in spatial modeling of land use change to develop and apply models at the US and global scale with a focus on agriculture.
The postdoc is appointed within the FACCE-JPI (NWO) funded project VITAL (www.vital.environmentalgeography.nl). VITAL explores how land use and agricultural systems can become more sustainable while allowing high production, i.e. sustainable intensification.
GLP IPO staff, along with Future Earth and other colleagues, are leading a lively set of presentations at the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty.
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona seeks outstanding applicants for a tenure-eligible position emphasizing the human dimension and decision making of coupled natural-human systems.
The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) seeks proposals from highly-qualified graduate students interested in conducting team-based Socio-Environmental Synthesis research (i.e. “Graduate Pursuits”).
Authors Sébastien Boillat et al. review the status, trends, and challenges for LSS in Latin America in a new GLP workshop paper published in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability .
CIFOR is seeking eight PhD scholars to engage in an international network of researchers to focus on evaluating the impacts of subnational REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks in developing countries) initiatives in Brazil, Peru and Indonesia.
GLP Member Thomas Hertel has won Purdue University's Big Idea Challenge to establish an applied research consortium to analyze scenarios and explore policy alternatives that promote responsible public and private investment, sustainable management of critical, shared natural resources, and collective action toward meeting the UN’s SDG.
A professorship in Remote Sensing of the Environment is open at the Section for Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
As climate change brings with it increased extreme weather events, one of the pressing issues for Africa’s farmers will be how to address these challenges. One dimension to be factored in is that men and women farmers are responding to the pressures differently. The Conversation Africa’s Samantha Spooner asked GLP Member Grace Villamor about her research on gender-specific responses by farmers in Benin.
Written by an interdisciplinary team of leading researchers, this report describes a science research agenda toward improved probabilistic modeling and prediction of multiple breadbasket failures and the potential consequences for global food systems.
New deadline March 15th! The 10th anniversary International Carbon Dioxide Conference will provide participants with an integrated, interdisciplinary view of the global carbon cycle and its perturbation by humans.
When it comes to climate change, we often think of the cars we drive and the energy we use in our homes and offices. They are, after all, some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. But what about the toast you ate for breakfast this morning? GLP Member Navin Ramankutty quoted on NPR.
Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC from the University of Geneva will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game.
GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Prof. Harini Nagendra of Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India, has been chosen as a Lead Author of the IPCC's report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty (SR1.5).
In this paper, GLP Member Qiangyi Yu and colleagues introduce a smartphone-based app, called eFarm: a crowdsourcing and human sensing tool to collect the geotagged ALS information at the land parcel level, based on the high resolution remotely-sensed images.
In the framework of the "Biodiversity, Ecology and Management in National Parks and Biosphere Reserves" BEN-program which is funded by the Marianne and Dr. Fritz Walter Fischer foundation, a junior research group will be established at the Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research to addresses "Human-wildlife conflicts in agricultural landscapes of UNESCO-Biosphere Reserves".
New research from GLP Members Peter Alexander and Calum Brown at the University of Edinburgh reveals almost 20 per cent of the food made available to consumers is lost through over-eating or waste.
Clark University's Master of Science in Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment (GISDE) is now accepting applications for Fall 2017.
The School of Planning at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position in planning, specializing in environmental planning, policy, and design.
The School of Planning at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position in planning, specializing in research at the interface of community/population change, cultural heritage and planning.
The KU Leuven in the Netherlands is looking for a post-doctoral fellow to support education, research and management activities during the five-year programme “Master of Science in Sustainable Development” funded by the VLIR-UOS (2017-2021). Application deadline is the 2nd of March 2017.
Lend your support to the GLP's new three-year Land Science-Policy Initiative which aims to forge stronger linkages between the land science and policy communities and to bring the land topic to the fore of debates around global environmental change by participating in our survey.
Opportunity for African scientists to participate in the upcoming Belmont Forum Collaborative Research Action on Sustainable Urban Global Initiative (SUGI): Food-Water-Energy Nexus. Deadline -- 15 March 2017
Michigan State University invites applications for two graduate student positions in Socioecological carbon production in managed agricultural-forest landscapes - Deadline 1 February 2017
Call from Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre or Sustainable Development Goal Labs (SDG Labs) submissions. Labs wil feed into the UN’s High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018, with SDG 15 "Life on Land" set as a priority theme. Funding available for 5-7 labs @ up to $5K each.
Lund Conference on Earth System Governance: "Allocation & Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World" will be held 9-11 October 2017 in Lund, Sweden. Deadline for paper abstracts is 1 March 2017. Save the dates and stay tuned for the full call for papers as well as the launch of the conference website soon.
Call for session proposals to GLP scientists for the iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystems Atmosphere Study) Open Science Meeting September 11-14, 2017. Follow the links for more information and feel free to contact the GLP IPO.
Future Earth is a major international research programme for global sustainability, looking for an outstanding Executive Director to provide strong leadership and guide the implementation of Future Earth’s broad and ambitious vision and scientific strategy. The successful candidate will be effective in further raising the visibility and value of Future Earth, and attracting funding for this implementation.
A best-practice ‘toolkit’ of approaches that can be used to decide on policies and actions by Governments, the private sector and civil society produced by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is now available.
The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation (FREC) at Virginia Tech is seeking applicants for a 9-month, tenure-track research and teaching position in Forest Modeling and Analytics.
Check out a report from the German Committee Future Earth that captures the results of two workshops exploring the role of science in international sustainability efforts.
Professor of Spatial Development The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatics Engineering (www.baug.ethz.ch) of ETH Zurich invites applications for the above-mentioned position at the Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development (www.irl.ethz.ch).
The Landscape Research Center (WSL), Centre for Development (CDE), University of Bern and the Global Land Programme invite applications for 2017 Summer School "Land system science for analysing dynamic landscapes: data, tools, and models.
The IUFRO 8.01.02 Landscape Ecology Conference 2017 is now accepting proposals for symposiums. The meeting theme is "The Green-Blue Nexus".
Trase (Transparency for Sustainable Economies) platform by GLP Members Javier Godar and Patrick Meyfroidt is now available online. Map the movement of agricultural commodities from the places of production all the way to the country of consumption, identifying the key supply chain actors along the way.
Special issue on research frontiers in land use science now freely available for download!
The Helmholtz Association is providing long-term investment for the establishment of a new Research Group on Land Use Change at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Campus Alpin (IMK-IFU) located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (http://www.imk-ifu.kit.edu/institute.php).
PAGES Open Sciences Meeting, ESP-Zaragoza, 9-13 May 2017 - deadline for abstracts Dec. 20
New titles out in the Springer's human-land interactions series: "Land Use Competition: Ecological, Economic and Social Perspectives" and "Social Ecology: Society-Nature Relations across Time and Space"
Dresden Nexus Conference, 17 - 19 May 2017, Dresden Germany: multi-functional land-use systems and resources management in resilient cities
Global Carbon Budget, An annual update of the global carbon budget and trends released on 14 November 2016
The Global Land Programme (GLP) holds its 3rd Open Science Meeting in Beijing, China
The Global Land Programme (GLP), one of Future Earth’s core projects, convened its bi-annual open science meeting in Beijing, China October 24-27, 2016. The meeting was hosted by the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS). In response to the recently endorsed Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the conference theme was ‘Land system science: understanding realities and developing solutions’.
Education and capacity building in the field of water management hold the key to many of the present most pressing water challenges on the regional to local scale.
The upcoming Symposium on Eco-Innovation for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus is addressing innovative strategies and solution to reduce adverse effects of climate change on the W-E-F-Nexus in the MENA Region.
Understanding atmospheric processes, both physical and chemical and their interrelationships with Earth-surface processes, including changes in surface characteristics and terrestrial ecosystems remain still incompletely understood scientific challenges. An recent international workshop shed some light on these and related issues.
Supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, China has recently launched 37 National Key Research and Development Programs on "Ecological restoration and protection in the typical ecological fragile zones" led by GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Prof. Dr. Lin Zhen.
Future Earth (FE) has been designed to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. In addressing major sustainability challenges in the MENA Region, FE provides a tangible and adequate framework to achieve significant and lasting progress. In this context, the creation of a FE MENA Regional Center at the Cyprus Institute in Nicosia, Cyprus (FEMRC; http://fe-mena.cyi.ac.cy/index.php), is considered particularly relevant.
We would like to draw your attention to three fully-funded 4-yr PhD positions that are open for applications as part of an international research project focusing on “Continuous satellite-based indicators for mapping subtropical forest degradation and its environmental impacts (ReForcha)”, funded by the Belgian Science Policy.
Global Sustainability is a new Open Access journal of the Cambridge University Press, dedicated to supporting the rapidly expanding area of global sustainability research.
The Department of Environment and Society (EnvS) at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with expertise in geo-informatics and geospatial modeling of social-environmental systems.
The Land Systems Science Symposium at American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in Boston will focus on advances in research on land systems and land systems change, focusing particularly on geographic perspectives.
The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU are organising the WorldCover 2017 Conference. The event will be hosted in ESA-ESRIN from 14 to 16 March 2017.
The meeting will focus on the approaches, methods, tools, and indicators to assess how, where, and why governing forest and forest mosaics for improving livelihoods works, and how it can be strengthened.
Two Special Issues might be relevant for Global Land Project community.
The European Space Agency and Future Earth have partnered to bring the latest Earth observation data and understanding to Future Earth’s research through Future Earth’s Core Projects, Fast Track Initiatives and Knowledge Action Networks.
As a significant contribution to the growing literature on interdisciplinary sustainability studies, the book by GLP Member Helmut Haberl and colleagues introduces the purpose and nature of Social Ecology and then places the Vienna School of Social Ecology within the broader context of socioecological and other interdisciplinary environmental approaches.
Nature in the City describes ecological changes in the urbanizing landscape of Bengaluru, one of the world's fastest growing cities, using a deep historical dive from the 6th century CE to current times. SSC member Harini Nagendra’s new book is a compelling account of the ecological history of one of the world's fastest growing cities adds to our limited knowledge of urban change in the global South.
GLP Scientific Steering Committee member Erle Ellis presented a plenary presentation on GLP and GLOBE, entitled "Globalizing Ecology in the Anthropocene: Networks, Cyberinfrastructure, and Analytics" at the First International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Open Science Meeting 9-13 October in 2016 in Skukuza, South Africa.
The Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University, invites applications for a 12-month postdoctoral scholar position for an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project.
The Environmental Studies program invites applicants for a junior-level tenure-track position in Natural Resources Policy and Governance, beginning August 21, 2017.
The GLP community extends a warm welcome to the new North America Nodal Office to be housed at the Center for Global Change & Earth Observations (CGCEO) at X Michigan State University, USA.
GLP community is invited to submit relevant papers to a special issue of Environmental Research Letters “Cross-scale Feedbacks in Sustainable Land Management" which will be addressing issues core to the GLP Science Agenda.
There may be many ways to feed a growing world population without losing more forests. That is the conclusion of a new study led by Karlheinz Erb, a professor at the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Klagenfurt in Vienna.
The Third Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Project will take place from 24-27th October, 2016 at China National Convention Center, Beijing.
A seminar held in Brazil brought together 23 regional experts to discuss 1) monitoring land systems, 2) social-ecological dynamics of land systems, and 3) telecouplings and governance of land systems in Latin America.
The first GLP Open Science Meeting 'Land Systems, global change and sustainability' took place at Arizona State University and aimed to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research, and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.