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A safe operating space for humanity
Identifying and quantifying planetary boundaries that must not be transgressed could help prevent human activities from causing unacceptable environmental change, argue Johan Rockstrom and colleagues.
Planetary boundaries: Exploring the safe operating space for humanity
Anthropogenic pressures on the Earth System have reached a scale where abrupt global environmental change can no longer be excluded. We propose a new approach to global sustainability in which we…
Proximate Causes and Underlying Driving Forces of Tropical Deforestation
Tropical deforestation is driven by identifiable regional patterns of causal factor synergies, of which the most prominent are economic factors, institutions, national policies, and remote influences driving agricultural expansion, wood extraction, and infrastructure extension (at the proximate level).
Dynamics of Land-Use and Land-Cover Change in Tropical Regions
We highlight the complexity of land-use/cover change and propose a framework for a more general understanding of the issue, with emphasis on tropical regions. The review summarizes recent estimates…
Review ArticleDigital change detection methods in ecosystem monitoring: a review
This review paper, which summarizes the methods and the results of digital change detection in the optical/infrared domain, has as its primary objective a synthesis of the state of the art today.
The causes of land-use and land-cover change: moving beyond the myths
Global land use change, economic globalization, and the looming land scarcity
Land systems should be understood and modeled as open systems with large flows of goods, people, and capital that connect local land use with global-scale factors that harnessed to increase land use efficiency rather than leading to uncontrolled land use expansion.
Global Desertification: Building a Science for Dryland Development
The DDP, supported by a growing and well-documented set of tools for policy and management action, helps navigate the inherent complexity of desertification and dryland development, identifying and synthesizing those factors important to research, management, and policy communities.
Forest transitions: towards a global understanding of land use change