Who We Are

Global Land Programme Taipei Nodal Office

Global Land Programme is an interdisciplinary community of science and practice fostering the study of land systems and the co-design of solutions for global sustainability. Taipei Nodal Office is currently supported by the National Taiwan University and a grant funded by Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan.

Global Land Programme Taipei Nodal Office has been established since April 2012, with a clear thematic focus on “Nature of social-ecological linkages and their implications for the resilience of land systems at various scales”.

Therefore, our science plans, resources and research outputs will be directed to three objectives:

  • To enhance the understanding of dynamics and resilience of social-ecological systems (SES) through systematic analysis of social-ecological feedbacks using modeling and theoretical approaches and case studies of national land governance and management;
  • To investigate the vulnerability and residence on critical lands; To develop modeling and analysis tools for land-use projects.
  • As the third GLP Nodal Office in Asia, Taipei Nodal Office will contribute a specific effort in management and development of the knowledge of land use based on the integrated perspectives on the dynamics and resilience of social-ecological systems (SES).

The Taipei Nodal Office is directed by Prof. Yu-Pin Lin from the Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, who is specialized in spatial modeling and has been working on land use and landscape ecological modeling for over 20 years with more than 70 publications. Other members associated with the Taipei Nodal Office are land-use scientists from different fields including ecology, water quality modeling, GIS spatiotemporal modeling, planning and transportation, hydrology, public health, human geography, environmental engineering and atmospheric sciences.


Global Land Programme

The Global Land Programme brings together integrated science perspectives on the understanding of Land Systems. Land Systems are coupled human-environment systems that influence the land use and land cover and the ecosystem services derived from these. The interdisciplinary approach of the Global Land Programme reflects the recognition of the fundamental nature of how human activities on land are affecting feedbacks to the Earth System and the response of the Human-Environment System to Global Change. The project’s Science Plan has been developed around three objectives:

  • To identify the agents, structures and nature of change in coupled socio-environmental systems on land and quantify their effects on the coupled system;
  • To assess how the provision of ecosystem services is affected by these changes; and
  • To identify the character and dynamics of vulnerable and sustainable coupled socio-environmental land systems to interacting perturbations, including climate change.

GLP originated as a core project of IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme) and IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme). GLP became a core project of Future Earth in January 2015. The GLP IPO (2016-2019) is hosted by the University of Bern, Centre for Development and Environment, Switzerland.