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Special issue: Cross-scale feedbacks in sustainable land management

A special issue of Environmental Research Letters is focusing on this research frontier - the deadline for submission is 31st of October 2017

Whilst local place-based research provides essential knowledge on the biophysical and socio-economic boundaries of land use, its findings are contingent upon specific geographical context and rarely account for off-site effects. On the other hand, many land use drivers such as climate change, population growth or consumption patterns are well captured at the global scale, but there are significant uncertainties about how they interact with local conditions. Both regional and global studies on food production also rarely account for a closed interaction between economic and biophysical processes. These uncertainties and incongruences in spatial scales prevent effective integration, synthesis and transferability of findings from research on sustainable land management.


In this focus issue, in the journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL)external link, we strive to synthesise the most innovative papers that investigate the link between global change processes and local realities by addressing one or more of the following issues:
• Integration of local and global drivers in studies on land management and food production
• Interactions between economic and biophysical processes in sustainable land management on different scales
• Assessments of transferability of findings from place-based research in sustainable land management
• Development of scenarios and their application in regional settings to address future perspectives of food production and induced land consumption
• Up-scaling of regional solutions on land management and identification of off-site effects

The majority of focus issue articles are invited, but unsolicited contributions are also encouraged. If you believe you have a suitable research letter article in preparation please send your pre-submission query either to the journal publishing team or to the one of the Guest Editors of the issue.


All articles should be submitted using the ERL online submission formexternal link.


A few articles have already been accepted contributions to the collection and further additions will appear on an ongoing basis.


PECS - Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society

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Stockholm University
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The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS), is a core project of Future Earth. It aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological system and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.