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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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Significance of Telecoupling for Exploration of Land-Use Change

Significance of Telecoupling for Exploration of Land-Use Change

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(p.141) 8 Significance of Telecoupling for Exploration of Land-Use Change
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Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era
Author(s):

Hallie Eakin

Ruth DeFries

Suzi Kerr

Eric F. Lambin

Jianguo Liu

Peter J. Marcotullio

Peter Messerli

Anette Reenberg

Ximena Rueda

Simon R. Swaffield

Birka Wicke

Karl Zimmerer

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262026901.003.0008

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 and analysis in land science. This chapter presents a working definition of a telecoupled system, emphasizing the role of governance and institutional change. The social, institutional, and ecological processes and conditions through which telecoupling emerges are described. Analysis of these relationships demands integrative and diverse epistemological perspectives and methods, and requires a focus on how the motivations and values of social actors relate to telecoupling processes, as well as on the mechanisms that produce unanticipated outcomes and feedback relationships among distal land systems. Published in the Strungmann Forum Reports Series.

Keywords:   telecoupling, land-use change, distal land connections, globalization, urbanization, governance

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