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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Land Transformations: Between Global Challenges and Local Realities

Second Global Land Project Open Science Meeting 2014, hosted by IRI THESys

GLP-OSM 2014


19-21 March, 2014 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

From 19 to 21 March, the Second GLP Open Science Meeting 'Land Transformations: between global challenges and local realities’ took place at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, hosted by IRI THESys in cooperation with Geography Department.

650 participants from 50 countries met in Berlin to discuss the role of the land system as a platform for human-environment interactions, connecting local land use decisions to global impacts and responses.

The conference aimed to bring together large parts of the international research community working on land change issues, showcase the width and scope of ongoing research, help build a community in this highly interdisciplinary field, inspire new research and facilitate review, theory building and extrapolation.

The conference‘s main issues were:

  1. Rethinking land change transitions:
    Drastic changes in land cover and subtle changes in land management
  2. Local land users in a tele-connected world:
    The role of human decision making on land use as both a driver and response to global environmental change
  3. Impacts and responses:
    Land systems change to mitigate global environmental change impacts and adapt to increasing demands for food, fuel and ecosystem services
  4. Land governance:
    The ways in which alternative approaches to governance of land resources can enhance the sustainability transition


Impressions and images of the conference


Recorded keynotes

Keynote session A: The Emergence of Land System Science

(chair: Peter Verburg)

Keynote session B: Long-term histories, Observations and Local Impacts

(chair: Mercedes Bustamante)

Keynote session C: Trade, Conservation and Governance of Land Resources

(chair: Rinku Roy Chowdhury)

Keynote session D: The Future of the Land

(chair: Peter Verburg)


Neville D. Crossman


The future of Land System Science


Nancy Golubiewski


The future of Land System Science

About the Global Land Project

The Global Land Project is a research initiative of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP). It aims to understand the changes of the land systems given the prospects of rapid and massive global environmental change.

GLP-related research is designed to better integrate the understanding of the coupled human-environment system. These integrated science perspectives reflect the recognition of the fundamental nature of how human activities on land are affecting feedbacks to the Earth system and the response of the human-environment system to global change.