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Deals with the relationship between land use and land cover; between human activities and the transformation of the Earth's surface. it describes the recent changes in the world's farmland, forests, and grasslands, and the impacts of these changes on soil, water resources, and the atmosphere.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Global land-use and land-cover change: an overview; Part II. Working Group Reports: 2. A wiring diagram for the study of land use/cover change: Report of Working Group A; 3. Towards a typology and regionalization of land-cover and land-use change: Report of Working Group B; 4. Land-use and land-cover projections: Report of Working Group C; Part III. Changes in Land Use and Land Cover: 5. Forests and tree cover; 6. Grasslands; 7. Human settlements; Part IV. Environmental Consequences: 8. Atmospheric chemistry and air quality; 9. Soils; 10. Hydrology and water quality; Part V. Human Driving Forces: 11. Population and income; 12. Technology; 13. Political-economic institutions; 14. Culture and cultural change; Part VI. Issues In Data and Modeling: 15. Modeling land atmosphere interactions: a short review; 16. Modeling global change in an integrated framework: a view from the social sciences; 17. Data on global land-cover change: acquisition, assessment, and analysis; Appendices; Index.
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'As a whole the book is recommended reading for all researchers in regional or global environmental science. The various chapters present an excellent overview with detailed references to many important aspects of global environmental issues and the reports of the working groups have already provided guidlines for ongoing research. As such, it has amply achieved the organizers' goal.' Earth Science Reviews ' ! a timely and valuable contribution to the field.' Giles Foody, Applied Geography