Course Descriptions

16:450:511 Land Change Science

Changes in land-use (human use) and land-cover (biophysical condition) are persistent, and when aggregated at a global scale affect key aspects of the earth system functioning. Such changes also affect economies and human welfare and the vulnerability of places and people to climatic, economic and socio-political perturbations.  Land Change Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that seeks to observe and monitor land-cover and land-use change and explain this change as a coupled human-environment (or socio-ecological) system. Through a broad range of readings, this seminar examines the development of land change science and the theoretical and methodological challenges to linking biophysical, socio-economic, and remote sensing/GIS analysis. Taught by Dr. Laura Schneider