Alexander V. Prishchepov

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The demand for agricultural products continues to grow rapidly, but further agricultural expansion entails substantial environmental costs, making recultivating currently unused farmland an interesting alternative. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to widespread abandonment of agricultural lands, but the extent and spatial patterns of abandonment(More)
Institutional settings play a key role in shaping land cover and land use. Our goal was to understand the effects of institutional changes on agricultural land abandonment in different countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the collapse of socialism. We studied ∼273 800 km2 (eight Landsat footprints) within one agro-ecological zone(More)
a Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI, 53706‐1598, USA b Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Theodor-Lieser Strasse 2, 06120 Halle (Saale), Germany c Biodiversity Conservation and Bioresources Use Laboratory, Institute of Ecology and(More)
a Facultad de Ciencias Naturales, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Antiguo Aeropuerto, Carr. Chichimequillas s/n. Terreno Ejidal Bolaños, C.P. 76140, Querétaro, Mexico b Geography Department, Humboldt-University Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany c Earth System Analysis, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), P.O. Box 60 12(More)
a Geography Department, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin, Germany b Earth System Analysis, Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK), Telegraphenberg A 31, 14473 Potsdam, Germany c Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 2, 06120 Halle (Saale),(More)
The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 has been a turning point in the World history that left a unique footprint on the Northern Eurasian ecosystems. Conducting large scale mapping of environmental change and separating between naturogenic and anthropogenic drivers is a difficult endeavor in such highly complex systems. In this research a piece-wise(More)
Geography Department, HumboldtUniversity Berlin, Berlin, Germany, Earth System Analysis, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Potsdam, Germany, A. N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO), Halle (Saale),(More)
Forests often rebound from deforestation following industrialization and urbanization, but for many regions our understanding of where and when forest transitions happened, and how they affected carbon budgets remains poor. One such region is Eastern Europe, where political and socio-economic conditions changed drastically over the last three centuries, but(More)
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