Land Use Change
Collaborative Research: Territorializing Exploitation Space and the Fragmentation of the Amazon Forest
Doctoral Dissertation Research: Soy, Cattle, and the Amazon Forest
Impact of Land Cover Changes on the Climate System, Modification 1
ESE Collaborative Proposal: The Dynamics of Land Use and Land Cover Change in Northern Cote d'Ivoire: Implications for Climate Change Research
Perez, V. A., J. F. Mas, and A. Ligmann-Zielinska. 2012. “Comparing Two Approaches to Land Use/Cover Change Modeling and Their Implications for the Assessment of Biodiversity Loss in a Deciduous Tropical Forest.” Environmental Modeling and software. 29 (1): 11-23.
Arima, E., P. Richards, R. Walker, and M. M. Caldas. 2011. “Statistical Confirmation of Indirect Land Use Change in the Brazilian Amazon.” Environmental Research Letters. 6. Doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/2/024010.
Walker, R. 2011. “The Impact of Brazilian Biofuel Production on Amazonia.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 101 (4): 929-938.
Walker, R. 2011. “The Scale of Forest Transition: Amazonia and the Atlantic Forests of Brazil.” Applied Geography. 32 (1): 12-20.
Land Cover and Land Use Change
Land Cover and Land Use Change (LCLUC) is an important thematic area of research within the Nature-Society Studies group at Michigan State University. Faculty and students conducting LCLUC research have addressed tropical deforestation, desertification, and urban sprawl, in settings as varied as the Amazon basin and the Detroit metropolitan area. The underlying motivation for such research is the LCLUC is a fundamental driver of environmental change, both globally and locally. MSU researchers have focused much of their attention on attempting to understand the human drivers of LCLUC, given policy must ultimately be based on insight into the motivations of human behavior. LCLUC research conducted by faculty in the Nature-Society Studies group at MSU is at the disciplinary forefront of combining geospatial technologies, including remote sensing, with field methods. Associated faculty have promulgated their findings in leading geography journals, and have been successful in the pursuit of external funding from the National Science Foundations, NASA, and National Geographic Society.