Ecological and Disaster Risk Assessment of Land Use Changes

A special issue of Land (ISSN 2073-445X). This special issue belongs to the section "Landscape Ecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editors

College of Geography and Environmental Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China
Interests: ecology; ecological (environmental) economics; natural resource management; human–environment interactions
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College of Geography and Environmental Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China
Interests: ecological (environmental) geography; remote sensing of resources and environment; geographic information systems; land use and land cover change; environmental assessment
Prof. Dr. Dewei Yang
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Guest Editor
School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
Interests: human geography; rural transition; land use sustainability; geo-socio-ecological modeling; climate change mitigation and adaptation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, the impact of alterations in land use on ecosystems has significantly intensified, emerging as a pivotal force driving global transformations. Imprudent land utilization has led to a spectrum of ecological threats, encompassing land desertification, soil erosion, substantial depletion of forest reserves, biodiversity loss, pollution concerns, and a decline in the functionality of ecosystem services. Furthermore, it contributes to the heightened frequency of natural disasters and extreme weather events. Given the escalating global tensions between population growth, resource availability, and environmental preservation, there is an urgent imperative for assessing the ecological disaster risks associated with changes in land use. This assessment is crucial for promoting ecological rejuvenation and advancing sustainable development efforts.

The primary objective of this Special Issue is to disseminate the most recent research findings concerning the assessment of ecological and disaster risks associated with changes in land use. Its overarching goal is to mitigate the adverse impacts on ecosystems and promote sustainable development across regional economies, societies, and environments. This Special Issue aims to propose well-reasoned strategies for responding to ecological and disaster risks effectively.

The scope of this issue encompasses a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to, the following:

  1. Analyzing current and future ecological and disaster risks resulting from land use changes at both global and regional scales.
  2. Introducing innovative technologies, frameworks, and methodologies for assessing these risks and predicting their magnitude.
  3. Implementing proactive management, policies, and governance to prevent potential ecological disasters.
  4. Advancing sustainable development in the context of land use.

We welcome submissions that present groundbreaking methodologies for understanding and addressing these environmental challenges, as well as manuscripts that provide empirical case studies exploring the scientific, managerial, and policy dimensions of ecological and disaster risk assessment associated with changes in land use.

Dr. Jianjun Cao
Dr. Asim Biswas
Dr. Jian Zhang
Prof. Dr. Dewei Yang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • ecological or disaster risk
  • risk assessment
  • risk prediction
  • ecosystem services
  • land use change
  • land use policy
  • sustainable development

Published Papers

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