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Session Title Chair/Co-chair Session Abstract
 1 Challenges to telecoupling research Dr. Jonas Nielsen

Dr. Cecilie Friis

Contemporary land-use (change) is characterised by increasing levels of spatial decoupling of production and consumption shaped by a number of highly distributed processes. Global population growth, rising consumption and urbanisation, telecommunication and transportation system advancements, biodiversity and carbon conservation efforts, and economic and cultural globalisation, all influence land-use changes today. Consequently the environmental and socioeconomic drivers and impacts of land-use change are often disconnected in space and increasingly linked to unexpected material, environmental, political, and discursive flows which challenges integrated land-use change analysis.Land-use scientists have over the last decade begun to address these challenges. The recently established concept of telecoupling is central to this effort. Challenging prominent theoretical notions within land system science, this concept attempts to explain drivers and outcomes of land-use change through explicit attention to flows, interactions, and feedbacks over large physical and social distances. Subdividing global land-use change into sending, receiving, and spill-over systems telecoupling research attempt to determine the origin of a flow, the recipient of the flow, as well as the places that affect or are affected by the flows between the sending and receiving systems. Results are promising, but a number of central challenges remain.In this session we want to highlight some of these challenges as well as potential ways forward.

We therefore invite oral presentations on Challenges to telecoupling research in land use science. These can revolve around (but are not limited to) questions such as:
How to combine spatial coverage with contextual depth? How to set systems boundaries? How to allocate systems properties (sending, receiving, spill-over)? How to match ecological and social system components? How to capture spill-over effects? How to design telecoupling research projects? How to facilitate interdiciplinarity in telecoupling research? How to combine social and spatial distance? How to incorporate theories of globalization from the social sciences?The session will be structured to leave ample time for a synthesis discussion taking stock of some of the main and cross-cutting challenges for interdisciplinary telecoupling research.

 2 Changing societies under extreme environments in Asia Dr. Toshiya Okuro

Dr. Teiji Watanabe

Asia covers the high-altitude areas under extreme low-temperature such as the Pamir, Himalaya, Tibet, and Karakorum. It is also characterized by the extreme arid areas such as the western and northern China and the eastern Pamir. The drivers responsible for the societal changes and resultant land use land cover changes in such countries and regions are not limited to climate change, civil wars, and sudden change in political institution, but include urban-rural teleconnections and reinforcement of governmental control. This session aims to recognize the diversity of such changes in different countries and regions, identify the drivers responsible for the changes, and discuss future sustainability in the changing societies. We invite from case studies to synthesis studies, focusing on Asian issues. But comparisons with other parts of the world for global synthesis are not excluded.
 3 Environmental impacts on land caused by outdoor recreation: assessment, monitoring and management Dr. Teiji Watanabe

Dr. Aleksandra Tomczyk

Dr. Marek Ewertowski

Protected natural areas such as national parks often constitute regions that are rich in bio/geodiversity with beautiful scenery. Currently, they are under increasing pressure to supply both conservation and recreation, which can lead to conflicts of interest. The frequent trade-offs between conservation and recreation pose challenges for management and require decisions to be made about how to prioritise and direct management actions. This session aims to present the state-of-the-art methodologies of monitoring and assessment of environmental impacts of outdoor recreation in different environments, and discuss their application, which would be beneficial to managers of natural protected areas of high conservation value. We invite contributions from a wide range of topics covering all aspects of outdoor recreation impacts and their sociological and environmental consequences. Studies linking direct field-based observations with modelling and predictions are particularly encouraged.
 4 Hidden impacts of telecoupled food production and consumption Ms. Anna Herzberger

Dr. Yue Dou

Dr. Jianguo Liu


Global food trade is necessary to balance supply and demand across the world due to regional differences including climate, diet preference, and population growth. In the past decades, global food trade has increased exponentially in trading quantity and commodity types, resulting in drastic impacts on food production and global environment. The integrated telecoupling framework offers novel perspectives for researchers to study food production and consumption changes and the related environmental issues. It connects coupled human and natural systems over distances by flows, which provides a systematic analytic lens to understand ecological dynamics and socioeconomic changes by uncovering mechanisms that may be masked by other approaches.

The goal of this session is to demonstrate applications of the telecoupling framework to study the socioeconomic and environmental impacts of food production and consumption, such as distant food production impacts on the local environment, and land and water footprints in trading countries driven by distant consumption demand. The presentations in this session reveal complex mechanisms for understanding local food production and consumption, and provide useful information and analytical perspectives for sustainable food production.

 5 Land-ocean connectivity and interactions on ecosystem structures, processes and services Dr. Hideaki Shibata
This session aims to share the current knowledge and research needs on land and ocean connection and interaction on various ecosystem perspectives including ecosystem structure, functioning, biodiversity, land-use/cover changes and ecosystem services.  Individual case-studies, site-based observation, cross-site synthesis, process-based modelling in various temporal and spatial scales will be invited in this session.
 6 Land management accounting inter-correlations among soil erosion risk, cropping suitability and environmental footprint Dr. Yung-Chieh Wang

Dr. Li-Chi Chiang

Continue increase in global population, overuse of resources, and environmental pollution have led to soil physical property damage and fertility consumption. Resulted from global warming, climate change impacts crop production areas, yield, and quality, and consequently sends food security to an uncertain condition. Inter-correlations among the soil erosion and disaster risks, cropping suitability of environment, and environmental footprints of crops provide essential clues for land use management securing food production and agriculture sustainability under the pressure of global population booming and climate change impacts.

This session aims to decipher the inter-correlations among disaster risks under extreme weather events, cropping suitability of environment, and environmental footprints of crops, as well as the collective impacts on land and ecosystems, and to formulate land management guidelines for securing food production and promoting sustainable agriculture development.

 7 Land Systems at the Nexus of Water, Energy and Food in the Lower Mekong River Basin Dr. Jiaguo Qi

Dr. Peilei Fan

Land systems serve as the point of intersection across the interconnected challenges of meeting the water, energy and food needs of a growing planetary population in the context of climate change. This session will explore social-ecological – or coupled human and natural – systems approach to studying the WEF Nexus, in which investigators from multiple social and natural science disciplines engage with a range of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to address key societal challenges.

The Lower Mekong River Basin is a prime exemplar of the WEF Nexus, involving large-scale, dynamic interactions between climate change, human decisions and activities, and wetland ecosystems. The dynamic annual flood pulse is at the core of a productive riverine ecological system and extraordinary aquatic habitat. For thousands of years, food production in the basin has relied on timely rainfall and the seasonal flows of the rivers and streams of the Mekong. Fisheries in rivers, lakes, and wetlands benefitted from abundant freshwater and nutrients supplied by seasonal flood surges, while crops were grown on rich soils timed with plentiful seasonal rainfall; together these patterns supported livelihoods in the region for generations.

However, this is changing: the rhythm and intensity of the Asian monsoon have noticeably changed, with more frequent floods and intense droughts devastating crops and dramatically altering aquatic ecosystems, and deeply disrupting rural livelihoods. Meanwhile, rising temperatures in the Himalayas have increased snowmelt rates causing glacial retreat, and altering discharges to the Mekong headwaters; this disrupts streamflows and impacts downstream aquatic ecosystems. Human activities further alter aquatic ecosystems and associated ecosystem services. For example, the proliferation of hydroelectric dams changes seasonal water flows and impacts the phenology and ecology of interconnected lake and wetland ecosystems. While providing much-needed electricity, the dams negatively impact lake and wetland ecology, adversely affecting the delivery of associated ecosystem services upon which local communities rely.

An international community of scholars has coalesced to address these issues, and the session will provide an opportunity to showcase their findings, and to further consolidate cooperation, and spur synthesis.

 8 Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability Dr. Yu-Hsin Tsai

Dr. Jing-Chein Lu

While more than half of the global population is concentrated in urban areas, high population densities and rapidly changing economy have been recognized as the major cause of global environmental change. Under the context of achieving global sustainability, recent scholarly discussion on urbanization calls for the thinking beyond urban areas to include the effects of land teleconnections with distal sites. Previous studies on assessing urban sustainability focus mostly on a city or a metropolitan region itself and lack the cross-boundary perspective on the interactions between the city or area being studied and the other remote urban or rural areas. However, the city or metropolis has never been a closed system, its development has reciprocal effects on the changes of land use and economic development of other remote areas that provide resources and materials for it. There is a need to incorporate the concept of land teleconnections for assessing the effect of urbanization on the urban sustainability.

The theme of land teleconnection has been proposed in the science plans of core projects of Global Land Project (GLP) and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) of previous IGBP and IHDP. This session intends to call for attention on the subject and issues of “Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability”. Driving forces of urbanization will affect the urban and environmental systems in a city, and the effects of urban land teleconnections contribute to interaction and feedback between the urban system and the environmental system both within the study area and with the distal areas. Therefore, the purposes of this session are: (1) to rethink the implications and scope of urbanization on urban sustainability from the viewpoint of urban land teleconnections; (2) to identify the driving forces of urbanization; (3) to analyze the teleconnected influence of urbanization on distal areas; and (4) to propose strategies of urban governance and planning with consideration of urban land teleconnection.

 9 Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability: The Prospective of Agricultural Production and Food Consumption Dr. Chia-Tsung Yeh

Dr. Ying-Chieh Lee

Dr. Tsung-Chen Lee

Cities are the areas of industrial agglomeration and high population density. Urban production and consumption activities affect not only the environmental quality in cities per se, but also that in distal areas through land teleconnection channels. From the perspective of global sustainability, the effects of urban land teleconnection on distal sites should be carefully examined and properly integrated with the design of policies associated with sustainable urban development. In view of the fact that the concept of land teleconnection has been highlighted in the science plans of core projects of Global Land Programme (GLP) and Urbanization and Global Environmental Change (UGEC) of previous IGBP and IHDP, this session entitled “Land Teleconnection, Governance and Urban Sustainability: The Prospective of Agricultural Production and Food Consumption” aims at calling for special attention on the subject and issues of land teleconnection resulting from agricultural production and food consumption.

Specifically, the purposes of this session are: (1) to develop quantitative approach in estimating the impacts of land teleconnection related to agricultural production and urban food consumption; (2) to identify the linkage of agricultural production and urban food consumption at different spatial scales; (3) to provide quantitative evidence of teleconneted influences of urban food consumption; and (4) to propose strategies of urban governance and planning concerning urban land, teleconnection and food consumption.

 10 Land use and groundwater Dr. Ching-Ping Liang
Groundwater is one of the most important water resources and is widely used for urban and rural potable water supply, irrigated agriculture, aquaculture and industrial production. Groundwater is intimately linked to overlying land use practices and land cover. Impacts of land-use change to groundwater recharge and groundwater quality take place continuously in time as the consequence of population growth, intensive agriculture practices, and continual industry development. Inappropriate land use, particularly poor land management, causes acute and chronic groundwater issues that may induced to critical human living condition and environmental harms.

This session aims at the links between land use and groundwater, the impacts of land use and land cover changes on groundwater quantity and quality, and the understanding of land-groundwater interaction. We cordially appreciate novel contributions from a wide spectrum of topics that relate land use and groundwater quantity and quality in this session.

 11 Land use drivers and impacts: new trends and experiences from East Asian countries Dr. Hyun Choe

Dr. Hsing-Sheng Tai

After experiencing decades of rapid socio-economic development, the East Asian countries are nowadays in a new era which is characterized by some major socio-economic and political changes. These include depopulation in rural areas, real estate booms in highly demanded areas, and environmental, social and political movements regarding land use. New trends cause significant land use changes. The existence of both over-use and under-use, among others, is a novel phenomenon which deserves more attention and deliberate scrutiny.

This session aims to study new trends in land use, and novel empirical experiences from three East Asian countries, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan. Three representative case studies are invited to address land use drivers, trade-offs for land use and conflict, and their impacts on land change, local society and economy, and ecosystem services/biodiversity. The governance issues of environmental resources, both in form of public goods and common-pool resources, will also be studied in respective cases. Multidisciplinary approaches and aspects are encouraged to apply to case studies. In addition to the three invited papers, case studies from other East Asian countries are highly welcomed. Studies on these new trends may help academic and public policy communities to forecast the future land use change in other Asian countries.

 12 On the relationship between land use/cover changes and climate variability Dr. Chia-Jeng Chen

Dr. Min-Hui Lo

Land-atmosphere interactions are one of the most intricate, dynamic processes to model, on account of the association with not only classical thermodynamics but also empirical relationships subject to local and regional specifications.  Regardless of modelling difficulty, assessing how land use/cover changes (LUCC) may influence climate variability is imperative, especially for the witness to extensive and reckless alteration of landscapes (e.g., rapid urbanization and deforestation) in many regions of the world.  Altered surface conditions and atmospheric patterns may initiate a semi-cyclic process, driving further on-site and/or remote changes in land use/cover and climate.  Poor awareness and management of land systems may also lead to increased risk in hydro-meteorological disasters (e.g., floods and droughts).

This session invites a wide variety of contributions related to better understanding the relationship between LUCC and multi-scale climate variability and predictability. Topics of interest include (but not limited to):  1) assessment of various impacts of LUCC on regional climates using numerical and/or empirical techniques; 2) discussion regarding the role of land-atmosphere interactions in triggering extreme weather and climate events; 3) identification of possible links between LUCC and large-scale circulations; 4) demonstration of interdisciplinary modelling efforts such as coupling climate with land use models. We also appreciate contributions from peers willing to share valuable observational climate data and evidence of LUCC.

 13 Opportunities and challenges of land use/cover mapping in the new remote sensing era Dr. Jinwei Dong

Dr. Wenbin Wu

Dr. Xiangming Xiao

As a key component of global changes, land cover and land use maps have been increasingly important to improve understanding of global environmental changes and feedbacks between social and environmental systems. With the development of the remote sensing technology as well as the improvement of the mapping algorithms, a set of national and global scale land cover/use products with higher spatial and temporal resolutions have been developed to fill this gap. With the free releases of increasing remote sensing data, we are entering an unprecedented era of remote sensing big data. Many new algorithms and approaches using the power of the time series data analyses improved the existing efforts in identifying more specific agricultural, forest land use types, such as rice paddies, soybean, rubber plantation, oil palm, etc. These new progresses provide new and improved data products to support sustainable development goals.

This session expects to provide an opportunity for the community to exchange the new progress in the land use/cover mapping field in the context of the big remotely sensed data. We welcome any studies related to the application of remote sensing for the analysis of land system sciences, including multi-sensor, multi-resolution, multi-temporal remote sensing analysis, and specific case studies in different regions of the world.

 14 Rural Landscape Teleconnection and Sustainable Management Dr. Chen-Fa Wu

Dr. Szu-Hung Chen

A rural area acts as an intermediate between urban and natural environments, which assumes the functions of production, living, and ecology. Concurrently, it is affected by the complex interactions between humans and nature and presents diverse land use changes. Therefore, numerous research topics related to rural areas are worth exploring, including (but not limited to) driving forces of land use change, the teleconnection between urban and rural development, landscape-scale effects of landscape change on landscape functions, ecosystem services, biodiversity, food security and environmental sustainability, as well as interactions among social, environmental and economic systems, etc.

This session expects to provide an opportunity for the researchers to exchange the new progress in rural landscape teleconnection and sustainable management. We welcome studies related to identify driving forces of rural landscape change; to analyze teleconnection influence of urban or regional development on rural areas; to propose strategies of rural landscape management with consideration of teleconnection; to develop quantitative or/and qualitative approach in evaluating the impacts of land teleconnection on rural landscape’s ecosystems.

 15 Solar Power Installation and Land Use: Implications for Food-Energy-Water Nexus and Renewable Energy Policy Dr. Ching-Cheng Chang

Dr. Shih-Hsun Hsu

Benefiting from new innovations in different systems and falling manufacturing costs, solar energy has become one of the most promising renewable energy solutions to meet the CO2 emission target throughout the globe. The most common and important application of solar energy is solar photovoltaic (PV) system, which has the advantage of lower maintenance cost than other energy sources. Solar PV system became a mainstream technology to develop the solar energy. Large surface areas are needed to install solar PV system, and agricultural land is considered as a solution to supply enough space for solar energy. The floating solar farms were also built on manmade reservoirs or lakes by many countries with space limitation as part of the country’s drive to exploit more renewable energy. This will help protect agricultural land and terrestrial ecosystems from being developed for energy use. However, the development is facing many challenges from the conflicts between solar energy production and natural resource conservation to the design of the most effective policy instruments.Consumers’ satisfaction and financial incentives by the government are often the major barriers that limit diffusion of solar energy.

The purpose of this session is to discuss, from the food-energy-water nexus perspectives, the trade-offs and conflict arising from the development of solar power installed on agricultural land, manmade water surfaces and residential buildings in the cities. The session will also explore new research ideas and results in terms of the potentials of agrivoltaic farming, floating and rooftop solar projects, and generate practical suggestions for solar energy development for policymakers. “

 16 Strategic Management Toward a Sustainable Urbanization by Balancing the Utilization of Land and/or Water Resources Dr. Chihhao Fan

Dr. Yu-Pin Lin

Urbanization has been an apparent outcome of the advancement of human civilization as well as cultural prosperity. The continuous emergence of megacities worldwide confirms such an unavoidable trend of resources and population centralization. Unfortunately, excessive exploitation and utilization of natural resource has put us into a dilemma between modernized development and environmental conservation. Additionally, the impact of global environmental change results in an even more severe situation when dealing with the issues of resource allocation. In the literature, many studies report the investigations of optimal strategy of environmental resource utilization for societal advancement and urbanization at the compromise of acceptable environmental degradation. However, the judgement criterion for environmental optimization is dynamically changing under the influences of social consensus, public perception as well as the developing expertise in the related knowledge domains. Such criterion may become more difficult to apprehend as the aggravating impacts resulting from the global environmental change become too compelling to ignore.

In light of these above statements, the resource management and allocation for sustainable urbanization is an issue of concern that deserves further exploration. The related managerial strategy should consider the conceptual framework of current recognition on sustainable urbanization. The resources expended in the exploitation within the anthroposphere should be evaluated by considering interactions within and between hydrosphere and lithosphere. A legitimate compromise between human modernization/urbanization and natural conservation should be made.

To deal with such a significant impact on the environment, efforts regarding the investigations of the (1) strategic utilization of available water resources, (2) proper planning and exploitation on land system, (3) balance of expended resources on sustainable urbanization, (4) the quantitative/qualitative benefits resulting from the sustainable use of environment resources, and (5) other related implementable measures that enhance the resource consumption efficiency and urban sustainability, are welcome to present in this session. Hopefully, these studies should be able to build a linkage between current resource allocation practices and future urbanization planning to achieve the ultimate goal of environmental sustainability.

 17 Strengthening the Role of Green Infrastructure in Underpinning Urban Nexus Dr. Wan-Yu Shih
This session discusses how changes in urban green infrastructure planning and governance can influence the role of green infrastructure in sustaining ecosystem functions in cities. Continuous world population growth has escalated concerns over the availability of resources. This pressure is further exacerbated by rapid urbanisation and climate change that damage/degrade ecosystems, threatening living security and increasing vulnerability. Urban land use planning providing legally entrenched norms and rules for making decisions about how land and associated natural resources are used may provide an overarching means of addressing this challenge. To this end, it is critical to move from a conventional sectoral approach, which deals with environmental issues and development separately, towards a holistic nexus approach considering resources/ecosystem services as interconnected and interdependent urban systems.

Green infrastructure strategy advocating the establishment of “a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services” shares similar visions with the nexus concept and can be an important planning approach. Increasing countries and international organisations urge to consciously consider the many-fold benefits humans obtain from nature by mainstreaming green infrastructure in spatial planning and territorial development. However, despite its increasing popularity in planning documents and practices, there has been limited development of theoretical foundation describing the relationship between land use change, green infrastructure and subsequent trade-offs among ecosystem functions in cities. This session aims to establish a conceptual framework and strengthen the linkage between the nexus concept and the green infrastructure proposition. We invite research contributing to the following fields (1) spatial assessment on urban green infrastructure change and subsequent tradeoffs between ecosystem functions; (2) economic evaluation of ecosystem services from urban green infrastructure; and (3) governance in promoting green infrastructure mainstreaming into the urban planning process.

 18 Telecoupled flows across scales Dr. Yue Dou

Dr. Jianguo Liu

Ms. Anna Herzberger

The world has become increasingly telecoupled through distant flows of information, matter, energy, organisms, people, money, and technology. Through connecting people and the environment in one place to those in distant places, the flows can have enormous impacts on telecoupled human and natural systems. The telecoupling framework provides novel perspectives for researchers to investigate the mechanisms and impacts of flows on the human and natural systems that are far away. By considering flows, agents, causes, and effects in a systematic way using the telecoupling framework, researchers can reveal feedbacks, emergent properties, time lags, legacy effects, tipping points, spillover effects and underlying processes of distant interactions.

The goal of this session is to showcase telecoupling studies that use flows across local to global scales as the focal analysis to address important issues relevant to environmental sustainability such as legal and illegal trade, migratory species, and transportation infrastructures. The presentations explicitly uncover the flows, the agents that facilitate or hinder these flows, and/or their socioeconomic and environmental causes and effects on the telecoupled systems. They also demonstrate analytical approaches that are useful for telecoupling research, enhance fundamental understanding of environmental sustainability and human well-being, and provide useful information for effective governance around the world.

 19 Toward sustainable watershed management Dr. Tsung-Yu Lee

Dr. Jr-Chuan Huang

There are nine planetary boundaries, first published in 2009, identifying the global priorities maintaining the sustainability of humanity and the ecosystem. They are 1) Climate change, 2) Biosphere integrity (including genetic diversity and functional diversity), 3) Stratospheric ozone depletion, 4) Ocean acidification, 5) Biogeochemical flows (including phosphorus and nitrogen cycle), 6) Land-system change, 7) Freshwater use, 8) Atmospheric aerosol loading, and 9) Introduction of novel entities (e.g. micro-plastics). The scientists think that these nine processes regulate the stability and resilience of the earth system – the interactions of land, ocean, atmosphere and life that together provide the environment that our societies depend on. However, two of the nine, i.e. the biosphere integrity and biogeochemical flow, have gone beyond the identified threshold and threatened the sustainability of the Earth. Sustainable watersheds are small pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, i.e. the Earth. Sustainable watershed management is the key leading to sustainable watersheds and then a sustainable world.

This session is looking for studies aiming at the achievement of sustainable watershed, considering one (or more) of the nine boundaries mentioned above but not limited to the nine boundaries. The assessments from different point views, e.g. energy generation/consumption, water quality, flood risk, urbanization, air quality, PM2.5, food production/safety, soil erosion, landslide, natural hazards, etc., are very appreciated. Studies from modeling work and field survey are both welcomed.

20 Water resilience on an intertwined planet Dr. Lan Wang -Erlandsson

Dr. MakotoTaniguchi

Dr. Line Gordon

Resilience is commonly defined as the ability of a socio-ecological system to adapt and develop in face of change. It is an essential notion for the transitioning towards sustainable land systems in a world characterized by complexity and change. The basis of all life on land is water, which influences resilience by: (1) controlling terrestrial ecosystem functions and services, (2) its own state in terms of water quantity and quality, and (3) driving moisture feedback (Rockström et al., 2014).

Today, we live on an intertwined, human-dominated planet where water resilience connects distant places through both climatic teleconnections and anthropogenic telecouplings. Anthropogenic telecouplings can be indirectly related to water cross-sectorally through land-use change driven by e.g., international trade, financial flows, or market globalization. Climatic teleconnections include long-way atmospheric transport of moisture, air pollution effects on remote rainfall, and distant modulation of monsoon circulation. While climatic teleconnections are natural phenomenon, the accelerating anthropogenic impacts on land and atmosphere are creating new surprises through the modulation or triggering of such teleconnections. These telecouplings and teleconnections, and their potential interactions, entail both water resilience risks and new opportunities for water governance.

This session aims to contribute to the understanding of the role of water for transitioning towards resilient and sustainable development in the land system in the light of the many new remote connections appearing in the Anthropocene. To achieve this, we propose to bring together water resilience research related to both atmospheric teleconnections and anthropogenic telecouplings related to land cover change.

21 The Changing Role of Agents in Telecoupled Systems Ms.Ciara Hovis
Dr. Yue Dou
Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu
As coupled human and natural systems around the globe become increasingly telecoupled, it becomes more challenging to understand and manage such complex telecouplings. Furthermore, the agents (e.g. consumers, governments, companies, farmers, etc.) within these systems are increasingly connected and impacted by distant forces, rather than local forces, more than ever before. The telecoupling framework provides a novel and systematic structure to identify and study those forces and their subsequent impacts on agents as well as their behavior in a system. Changes in agent behavior can result in substantial effects not only on the socioeconomic aspects of a system, but on the environmental components as well.

The goal of this session is to demonstrate how agent behaviors are altered in telecoupled systems and their role in both socioeconomic and environmental change. The presentations in this session demonstrate these changes through a variety of lenses (e.g., land use/cover change, ecosystem services, landscape ecology, etc.) using a multitude of methods including social surveys, agent-based modeling, remote sensing and many more. The characteristics of agents explored range from management decision-making to perspectives of global trade. The results showcased in this session offer necessary insight that can lead to effective policy promoting sustainability.

22 Land and Resources Dr. Yung-Chieh Wang
Dr. Tsung-Yu Lee
This session aims to incorporate a variety of topics related to land , environment and resources. The applications of telecoupling framework or other models to study the interaction between land system and relevant natural resources like ecosystem services are welcome in this session. The socioeconomic and environmental impacts from land system may be investigated in varied perspectives, therefore, other relevant topics and scopes will be involved as well.

 *Preliminary programme will be published by June 2018.

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List of Special/Training Sessions

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Session Title
1 Land Resources Core Project – Modeling dynamic changes and mechanisms of land systems
2 COUPLED – Operationalising Telecouplings for Solving Sustainability Challenges for Land Use
3 Telecoupling Toolbox – Geospatial Software Tools for the Analysis of Telecoupled Human-Natural Systems
4  Belmont Forum and the Collaborative Research Actions