Erb, Karl-Heinz2; Haberl, Helmut2; Jepsen, Martin Rudbeck6; Kuemmerle, Tobias3; Lindner, Marcus4; Müller, Daniel3; Verburg, Peter H.5; Reenberg, Anette6
1 Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt3 Humboldt Universität zu Berlin4 European Forest Institute5 VU University Amsterdam6 Geography, Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
Large knowledge gaps currently exist that limit our ability to understand and characterise dynamics and patterns of land-use intensity: in particular, a comprehensive conceptual framework and a system of measurement are lacking. This situation hampers the development of a sound understanding of the mechanisms, determinants, and constraints underlying changes in land-use intensity. On the basis of a review of approaches for studying land-use intensity, we propose a conceptual framework to quantify and analyse land-use intensity. This framework integrates three dimensions: (a) input intensity, (b) output intensity, and (c) the associated system-level impacts of land-based production (e.g. changes in carbon storage or biodiversity). The systematic development of indicators across these dimensions would provide opportunities for the systematic analyses of the trade-offs, synergies and opportunity costs of land-use intensification strategies.
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2013, Vol 5, Issue 5, p. 464-470