The contribution of Richard Betts was written in the course of his employment at the Met Office, UK and is published with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
Special Issue Article
Research priorities in land use and land-cover change for the Earth system and integrated assessment modelling†
Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
Copyright © 2010 Royal Meteorological Society and Crown Copyright
International Journal of Climatology
Special Issue: Impacts of land use change on climate
Volume 30, Issue 13, pages 2118–2128, 15 November 2010
How to Cite
Hibbard, K., Janetos, A., van Vuuren, D. P., Pongratz, J., Rose, S. K., Betts, R., Herold, M. and Feddema, J. J. (2010), Research priorities in land use and land-cover change for the Earth system and integrated assessment modelling. Int. J. Climatol., 30: 2118–2128. doi: 10.1002/joc.2150
The issues put forward in this work are based on recent interactions of the IAM and ESM communities, i.e. two dedicated workshops of the Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium (IAMC) and the Analysis, Integration and Modeling of the Earth System (AIMES) core project of the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) held in February and August 2008.
- Issue published online: 25 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 25 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Revised: 9 MAR 2010
- Manuscript Received: 12 JAN 2009
- land use;
- land cover;
- Earth system models;
- integrated assessment models;
- research priorities
This special issue has highlighted recent and innovative methods and results that integrate observations and modelling analyses of regional to global aspect of biophysical and biogeochemical interactions of land-cover change with the climate system. Both the Earth System and the Integrated Assessment modeling communities recognize the importance of an accurate representation of land use and land-cover change to understand and quantify the interactions and feedbacks with the climate and socio-economic systems, respectively. To date, cooperation between these communities has been limited. Based on common interests, this work discusses research priorities in representing land use and land-cover change for improved collaboration across modelling, observing and measurement communities. Major research topics in land use and land-cover change are those that help us better understand (1) the interaction of land use and land cover with the climate system (e.g. carbon cycle feedbacks), (2) the provision of goods and ecosystem services by terrestrial (natural and anthropogenic) land-cover types (e.g. food production), (3) land use and management decisions and (4) opportunities and limitations for managing climate change (for both mitigation and adaptation strategies). Copyright © 2010 Royal Meteorological Society and Crown Copyright.