NASA Land Cover and Land Use Program

LCLUC 2017 FALL Synthesis Studies Webinar Series

Tuesday November 28, 2017 
 2:00-3:00 PM EST
(Previously we listed the wrong project title under Dr. Ariane de Bremond, please see the correct project title below)

University of Michigan

Large-Scale Land Transactions as Drivers of Land-Cover Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

This project will synthesize available remotely sensed and other information, complemented with targeted new data collection, to investigate the impacts of recent large-scale land transactions. Ours will be the first project to undertake a systematic, quantitative analysis of the impacts from large-scale changes in land tenure on land-cover change and livelihoods, to investigate both the multiple drivers of and the patterns of interactions among these outcomes, and to do so through a rigorous, statistical matching-based causal inference approach. We will make use of existing satellite-based land-cover products and survey-based socioeconomic data in and around the locations of recent large-scale land acquisitions in three countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

University of Maryland

The Global Land Rush: A Socio-Environmental Synthesis

This project conducts an integrated global synthesis of large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs), a growing phenomenon in the global South as governments and transnational investors seek to secure access to land in developing countries to produce food, bio-fuels, and non-agricultural commodities. Distant connections between land systems are not new, but rising evidence indicates that such cross-scaled telecoupled socio-economic and environmental interactions as a result of LSLAs have grown stronger, with more rapid feedbacks. The overarching question motivating our research is, What are the processes through which telecoupled LSLAs do or do not result in LCLUC globally, and with what consequences? Our general research question translates to the following specific questions: 1) What are the timing, type, and extent of land changes (or no change) associated with LSLA deals across the globe, and how are these land change outcomes related to variations in global, national, and sub-national social, economic, political, and biophysical contexts? 2) How are the socio-economic and indirect land-use change (iLUC) consequences of LSLA deals associated with particular causal factors and land change outcomes as reported in the local case-study literature? 3) What are the linked causal factors, land changes outcomes, and socio-economic and iLUC consequences (i.e., global archetypical pathways) of LSLA land change by region and intended-use?