This 222 page book is part of global change the igbp series and this volume discusses land use and land cover change with respect to the effects on local processes and global impacts. Local processes and global impacts s pringer verlag 2006 lambin e f and geist h j eds the edited book synthesizes research achievements by dozens of scientists related to the land use cover change lucc project of the international geosphere biosphere programme igbp and the international human dimensions programme on global . This book presents recent estimates on the rate of change of major land classes aggregated globally multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of earth system functioning the book offers innovative developments and applications in the fields of modeling and scenario construction conclusions are also drawn about the most pressing implications . Eric lambin is professor at the department of geography at the university of louvain in louvain la neuve belgium and chair of the scientific steering committee of the igbp ihdp land use cover change lucc project besides contributing to many other international scientific projects and initiatives his research focuses on remote sensing tropical deforestation desertification and land use . Among the causative mechanisms behind land change synergetic factor combinations are found to be more common than single key factor explanations aggregated globally multiple impacts of local land changes are shown to significantly affect central aspects of earth system functioning
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