Publications

August 5, 2020

Governing flows in telecoupled land systems

The increasing global interconnectivity influencing land system change brings with it new challenges for land-system science. We evaluate whether recent land-system science (LSS) research into telecoupling provides a basis to set normative goals or priorities for addressing sustainability in coupled human-natural systems.
July 19, 2020

Land-Use Changes in Distant Places: Implementation of a Telecoupled Agent-Based Model

International agricultural trade has changed land uses in trading countries, altering global food security and environmental sustainability. Studies have concluded that local land-use drivers are largely from global sources (e.g., trade increases deforestation in exporting countries).
July 19, 2020

Understanding How Smallholders Integrated into Pericoupled and Telecoupled Systems

Increasing connections and influences from near to far have changed social structures, access to natural resources, and essential livelihoods of smallholders. However, the potential benefits and negative impacts from these connections to smallholders’ livelihoods and social-ecological effects remain understudied.
July 19, 2020

Telecoupling Research: The First Five Years

In an increasingly interconnected world, human–environment interactions involving flows of people, organisms, goods, information, and energy are expanding in magnitude and extent, often over long distances.
July 19, 2020

Land-use changes across distant places: design of a telecoupled agent-based model

Land-use changes across distant places are increasingly affected by international agricultural trade, but most of the impacts and feedback remain unknown.
July 19, 2020

Toward Rigorous Telecoupling Causal Attribution: A Systematic Review and Typology

Telecoupled flows of people, organisms, goods, information, and energy are expanding across the globe. Causes are integral components of the telecoupling framework, yet the rigor with which they have been identified and evaluated to date is unknown.
July 18, 2018

Spillover systems in a telecoupled Anthropocene: typology, methods, and governance for global sustainability

The world has become increasingly telecoupled through distant flows of information, energy, people, organisms, goods, and matter. Recent advances suggest that telecouplings such as trade and species invasion often generate spillover systems with profound effects.
July 18, 2018

Mapping croplands, cropping patterns, and crop types using MODIS time-series data

The importance of mapping regional and global cropland distribution in timely ways has been recognized, but separation of crop types and multiple cropping patterns is challenging due to their spectral similarity.
October 26, 2017

Soy Expansion and Socioeconomic Development in Municipalities of Brazil

Soy occupies the largest area of agricultural land in Brazil, spreading from southern states to the Amazon region. Soy is also the most important agricultural commodity among Brazilian exports affecting food security and land use nationally and internationally.
October 26, 2017

The Sino-Brazilian Telecoupled Soybean System and Cascading Effects for the Exporting Country

The global food market makes international players intrinsically connected through the flow of commodities, demand, production, and consumption. Local decisions, such as new economic policies or dietary shifts, can foster changes in coupled human–natural systems across long distances.
October 25, 2017

Property Rights and the Soybean Revolution: Shaping How China and Brazil Are Telecoupled

China currently has the largest population in the world and is currently experiencing rapid economic and urban growth, becoming the world’s number one pork and poultry consumer. In order to meet this growing demand for meat, China has increased its demand for soybeans to produce chicken and pork.