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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.