Land Use and Cover Change

Land Use and Cover Change

Landscape and Urban Planning 58 (2002) 71±72 Book reviews Land Use and Cover Change R.B. Singh, J. Fox, Y. Himiyama (Eds.), Science Publishers, Inc.,...

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Landscape and Urban Planning 58 (2002) 71±72

Book reviews Land Use and Cover Change R.B. Singh, J. Fox, Y. Himiyama (Eds.), Science Publishers, Inc., En®eld, NH, USA; Plymouth, UK, 2001, 299 pp. This book represents a compilation of 24 research papers presented at a special seminar held in Honolulu, Hawaii in July, 1999 under the auspices of the International Geographical Union's study group on land-use and land-cover change (IGU-LUCC). The premise of the book, as implied in the Preface (pp. iii±iv), is to draw ``. . .attention to the need to `socialize the pixel', or . . . to integrate research on monitoring land-use and land-cover change from space with research on the socio-economic causes of these changes.'' Although not every article does `socialize the pixel' explicitly (which would help to demonstrate the links from remote sensed/GIS data to social, economic, environmental, and geographic phenomena), the array of contributions to the book does strike a wide range of earth regions (mostly Asia, the Far East, and Europe), and concentrates on information bases, historical assessments, modeling and predication, and some remote sensing and GIS applications and environmental impact analysis. The contributors, 44 in number, are from a wide range of disciplines, universities, institutes, and countries mostly of the eastern hemisphere. This fact shows that the LUCC area of investigation, like so many emerging themes of the environment (e.g. biodiversity, global climate change, etc.) requires expertise on many facets of scholarship and research±no single discipline really has a corner on this ``market.'' With the study group or team approach, and with books such as this, our understanding of the wide geographic/ planning horizons of earth's variable lands and peoples can be more deeply appreciated and understood. Each paper is probably all too short, in many respects, as one reads interesting material and desires more detail. Only one article (on Korea green belts and 0169-2046/02/$20.00 # 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

cities) uses colorÐwhich would have been very effectively used in others. However, the choice to shorten pieces and include a wide array of material does support an underlying theme that LUCC is indeed a pervasive challenge for the future, and is at the heart of global, regional, and local concerns in planning and in environmental understanding. Familiar turf is presented, e.g. landscape ecology, planning, sustainability applications, economic stability, urban geosystems, ecological modeling, conservation, and environmental impacts. Many papers focus on soil conservation, deforestation, ecosystem resiliency, dams, anthropogenetic change, agricultural systems, biogeochemical cycling, land use theory, groundwater, green belts, and climate. Perhaps, what could have been another choice for editors is an opening and closing brief chapter on setting a scene of commonalties to look for, and general conclusions from the papers. However, with careful reading and following the references of papers, one can learn of the LUCC paradigms and contributions to earth's complexities at the landscape and regional scale. Together with a companion book (Singh, 2001), this book aids researchers, students and faculty in academia, policymakers, and others with perspectives on LUCC and its importance to our earth's population base and the planned environment. References Singh, R.B. (Ed.). Urban Sustainability in the Context of Global Change. Science Publishers, En®eld, NH, USA.

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