News 17.07.2017

Call for manuscripts: Understanding the Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Agricultural Land Use Change and Land-Use Intensity

31 August 2017: Deadline for manuscript submissions!

Agricultural land is a widespread land-cover type globally, however agricultural land-use pressure on pristine areas will most likely increase in future due to growing food demands. Land remaining idle and suitable for cultivation is becoming a rare commodity. At the same time, agricultural land abandonment is also a widespread land-use change phenomenon.
Often underlying and proximate drivers of agricultural land expansion/abandonment are not clear, particularly due to the interplay of a mixed set of proximate and underlying local and distal drivers, for instance via teleconnections.

This Special Issue on "Understanding the Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Agricultural Land Use Change and Land-Use Intensity" is dedicated to bring advances in Land System Science on better understanding the proximate and underlying drivers of land-cover change with regard to agricultural land expansion/abandonment and change of land-use intensity..

You are invited to submit manuscripts about your recent research, as well as review papers, in line with, but not restricted to, the following topics (not limited):
- Drivers, constraints and trade-offs associated with increase/decrease in land-use intensity, agricultural land abandonment and recultivation
- Drivers, constraints and trade-offs associated with changes of land-use intensity in grassland ecosystems
- Understanding the role of distal and proximate drivers and the role of teleconnections with regard to agricultural land change
- Linkage of agricultural land-use change impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services.
- Theoretical advancement of Land System Science with the focus on better understanding the drivers of agricultural production and trade-offs