A set of broadly defined themes, related to land use by agriculture and forestry, constitute the common platform of the network:
- Interactions between the
human and biophysical subsystems, as mediated by land
use/cover change and agricultural intensification.
This includes relations between human consumption and
production patterns, bio-chemical cycles (including
greenhouse gas emissions) and climate.
- Implications of global change
in terms of costs and benefits of changes in ecosystem
services, caused by global change. The role of
institutions, economic incentives perceptions in
bringing about mitigation and adaptation to climate
- Land use and environmental
history approaches as a means to understanding the
character of global (including climate) change
processes and human adaptations to them.
- Methodological aspects and challenges of integrated use of multi-scale biophysical and social information and its use in models.
While individual Danish research groups have addressed these issues from their own disciplinary background, much additional progress could be obtained by bringing the research approaches and results together. This, it is believed, will enable the Danish research groups in a concerted effort to become a leading partner at the international level.