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Land-use and Land-cover Change

Land-use and land-cover change are widely considered as sources and sinks of biogeochemical elements and biological diversity. Human driving forces of land-use/cover change include demographic factors such as population size, growth rate, and migration; cultural values; technology; level of affluence and economic structure; and political systems. A better understanding of how these factors affect land-use decisions and derive land-cover changes is critical for projecting future patterns of land use and future states of land cover. At the East-West Center we are particularly interested in linking social science data collected at household and community levels with remotely sensed and other spatial data to study both the driving forces of land-use/cover change as well as the impacts these changes have on deforestation, biodiversity, carbon sequestration, and local communities.

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