My research interest is about understanding land change dynamics in coupled human-environment systems to inform policies and interventions toward sustainable development outcomes. Specifically, I am investigating the biophysical and socio-econo-political drivers and impacts of the profound agricultural transformation of tropical forest landscapes in Southeast Asia, integrating various quantitative and qualitative approaches in land change studies. I am also particularly interested in developing approaches using geospatial tools for analysing agricultural expansion and intensification in tropical landscapes; and in simulating future land change scenarios to assess impacts of agricultural expansion and intensification using cellular automata and agent-based modeling. My geographic region of interest is Southeast Asia.
Telecoupling of land use systems, Land governance, Land change trade-offs for ecosystem services and biodiversity , Land use and conflict
A new paper in Environmental Research Letters assesses how much savanna area had changed over the 3 decades (area loss, fragmentation), and of this how much was due to direct human intervention versus vegetation transition.
A new article in Environmental Research Letters anticipatestree plantation expansion will continue to drive deforestation in SE Asia, and argues significantly heightened protection is needed to secure the long-term preservation of high and medium-integrity forest, especially in highly contested forest frontier regions.
Based on their analysis of the complex and interacting drivers of forest change in the Himalayas, the authors highlight five thematic focus areas to curtail forest loss and promote recovery in this article in Global Environmental Change.
Mangroves are one of the world's most threatened ecosystems, and Myanmar is regarded as the current mangrove deforestation hotspot globally. This study by GLP Member Jose Don T De Alban demonstrates the importance of multi-sensor satellite data for national-level mangrove change assessments, along with gross land cover transition analyses to assess landscape dynamics as well as prioritise threats and interventions in an effort to develop holistic strategies that aim to conserve important habitats.