Land Change Science in the Tropics: Changing Agricultural Landscapes

Editors: Millington, Andrew, Jepson, Wendy (Eds.)

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  • Shows how practitioners have integrated knowledge from the three scientific realms - social, biophysical, and GIScience - that underpin land-change science.
  • Examines land-use and land-cover change in Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal and Thailand.
  • Goes beyond prediction of tropical deforestation and focuses on dynamic land-use and land-cover change in tropical agro-pastoral landscapes.
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Land use and land-cover change research over the past decade has focused mainly on contemporary primary land-cover conversions in the tropics and sub-tropics, with considerable resources dedicated to the explanation and prediction of tropical deforestation and often ignoring the dynamism in the world’s agro-pastoral landscapes. This collection integrates cutting-edge research in the social, biogeophysical, and geographical information sciences to understand the human and environmental dynamics that change the type, magnitude and location of land uses and land covers in the changing countryside. Our contributors are from across the globe and draw on diverse empirical pan-tropical case studies and disciplinary influences. The research reported examines land-use and land-cover change in Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, India, Malawi, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal and Thailand. Each chapter in this book advances one of three themes: (i) adaptations and change in settled agricultural zones, (ii) agricultural intensification, and (iii) markets and institutions. This book describes the monitoring of land-cover changes, explains the processes through which land is altered, and describes the development of spatially-explicit models to predict land change. This book illustrates how practitioners have integrated knowledge from the three scientific realms - social, biophysical, and GIScience - that underpin land-change science.

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Andrew Millington is Professor of Geography and Director of Environmental Programs in Geosciences at Texas A&M University. He was previously Chair of the Dept of Geography at Leicester University, has worked at the Universities of Reading and Sierra Leone, and has been Visiting Professor at University College, Dublin and the University of Gent. He has received B.Sc. (Hull University, 1973), M.A. (University of Colorado, 1977) and D. Phil. (University of Sussex, 1985) degrees. He has researched natural resources issues in western Asia, Africa and South America with funding from the European Union, The World Bank and the UK Natural Environmental Research Council. He was formerly Editor of The Geographical Journal and he serves on the editorial boards of the Annals of the AAG and The Geographical Journal.

Wendy Jepson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003. Her research focuses on land-use and land-cover change along South America’s modern agricultural frontier, particularly the savannas and dry tropical forests, and the transformation of landscapes in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She also examines the relationship between water, society, and equity on the US-Mexico Border. She serves on the editorial board of GeoJournal: An International Journal of Geography

Table of contents (14 chapters)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Land Change Science in the Tropics: Changing Agricultural Landscapes
Editors
  • Andrew Millington
  • Wendy Jepson
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-78864-7
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-78864-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-78863-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4625-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 274
Number of Illustrations
50 b/w illustrations
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