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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era$
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Karen C. Seto and Anette Reenberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262026901

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.001.0001

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Applications of the Telecoupling Framework to Land-Change Science

Applications of the Telecoupling Framework to Land-Change Science

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(p.119) 7 Applications of the Telecoupling Framework to Land-Change Science
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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era
Author(s):

Jianguo Liu

Vanessa Hull

Emilio Moran

Harini Nagendra

Simon R. Swaffield

B. L. Turner II

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.003.0007

Land systems are increasingly influenced by distal connections: the externalities and unintended consequences of social and ecological processes which occur in distant locations, and the feedback mechanisms that lead to new institutional developments and governance arrangements. Economic globalization and urbanization accentuate these novel telecoupling relationships. The prevalence of telecoupling in land systems demands new approaches to research in land science. This chapter presents a working definition of a telecoupled system, emphasizing the role of governance and institutional change in telecoupled interactions. The social, institutional, and ecological processes and conditions through which telecoupling emerges are described. The analysis of these relationships in land science demands both integrative and diverse epistemological perspectives and methods. It requires a focus on how the motivations and values of social actors relate to telecoupling processes and on the mechanisms that produce unanticipated outcomes and feedback relationships among distal land systems. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   coupled human and natural systems, globalization, urbanization, telecoupling, governance, land science, distal land systems, species invasion, trade

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