We study how the Earth's surface is changing in response to natural and human-driven forces, and the connection between those forces.
The Land Change Science group in IBES is studying how the Earth's surface is changing in response to natural and human-driven forces, and the connection between them. We are using satellite observations to detect and quantity where and when land cover is changing (e.g., from forest to agriculture). To really understand what is driving these changes, we turn to statistical analysis of the empirical land change data sets in coordination with socio-economic databases; for example, as previously uncultivated land is brought into production, is this driven by evolving climate, government policy, or economic factors? IBES's significant strengths in sociology, satellite imaging, economics, and in-country expertise in the field are opening new avenues of quantitative research.