Land-use and land-cover change are key processes through which humans affect the functioning of the Earth system, contributing to global climate and environmental changes and with impacts on human well-being. Nearly 80% of the land surface are affected one way or another by human activities, 40% of the land area managed as croplands and pastures. In the wake of the Paris agreement, issues of land use are becoming central for achieving a <2°C warming world. What is now a source of greenhouse gases will need to be rapidly transformed into a sink, and maintained that way.
Scotland House Conference Center, Brussels, 25.-26.09.2017
Dr. Elena Shevliakova, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, visiting scientist at Princeton University, USA