Trade-offs in land-use decisions: Towards a framework for assessing multiple ecosystem responses to land-use change

Ruth S. DeFries, Gregory P. Asner, Richard Houghton

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Abstract

People alter the landscape primarily to appropriate ecosystem goods such as food, fiber, and timber for human consumption. Unintended consequences for ecosystems vary according to the type of land-use change, e.g., forest clearing for agriculture, grassland conversion for grazing, or urban expansion, as well as the underlying ecological characteristics, e.g., humid vs. dry, phosphorus vs. nitrogen-limited, or tropical vs. temperate. The ecosystem responses potentially alter future abilities to provide ecosystem goods and influence future land-use decisions. This volume addresses five major ecosystem responses to land-use change: hydrological, climatic, biogeochemical, human health, and biological diversity. The chapters summarize current knowledge from the perspectives of different disciplines and present analyses from many parts of the world in different ecological and socioeconomic settings. This introductory chapter develops a framework for understanding and communicating the multiple ecosystem responses as an essential input to societal decisions about land use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEcosystems and Land Use Change, 2004
EditorsGregory P. Asner, Richard A. Houghton, Ruth S. Defries
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Pages1-9
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781118665985
ISBN (Print)9780875904184
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameGeophysical Monograph Series
Volume153
ISSN (Print)0065-8448
ISSN (Electronic)2328-8779

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics

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    DeFries, R. S., Asner, G. P., & Houghton, R. (2004). Trade-offs in land-use decisions: Towards a framework for assessing multiple ecosystem responses to land-use change. In G. P. Asner, R. A. Houghton, & R. S. Defries (Eds.), Ecosystems and Land Use Change, 2004 (pp. 1-9). (Geophysical Monograph Series; Vol. 153). Blackwell Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1029/153GM02