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Land-use change: assessing the net climate forcing, and options for climate change mitigation and adaptation

Climate change and land-use change are essential environmental challenges to society that are also inseparably linked: the climate shapes the way people use land, by affecting food and water supplies; land-use change contributes to global and regional climate change by affecting land biogeochemical and biophysical processes. In addition to the direct impacts of climate change on ecosystems, management practices for climate change adaptation or mitigation (for instance avoiding deforestation, or promoting the use of bioenergy) also affect the supply of ecosystem services, and impact on other important societal goals (such as energy security or trade balances).

The interplay between land use and climate change is therefore fundamental in understanding land-based climate mitigation options and how societies will adapt to climate change in the future. LUC4C aims to provide progress towards quantitative understanding of impacts and feedbacks in the coupled human-land-climate system, and the role people play.

Our booklet How agriculture and forestry change climate, and how we deal with it is ready for download -

also in German and Chinese.


Printed versions of the booklet (English) can be obtained. Please contact info@luc4c.eu.

Watch here the films of our MICMoR-LUC4C Technical Short Course (March 2015): Putting People on the Land. Introducing the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems, climate and society


The iTunes U collection "Ecosystems, climate, society"
is available on KIT on iTunes U:




This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number 603542.

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