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New Book on LTSER
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978-94-007-1176-1.jpgSimron J. Singh, Helmut Haberl, Marian Chertow, Michael Mirtl, Martin Schmid (2013) (Eds.): Long Term Socio-Ecological Research. Studies in Society-Nature Interactions Across Spatial and Temporal Scales, Springer (Human-Environment Interactions, Vol. 2).

http://www.springer.com/environment/sustainable+development/book/978-94-007-1176-1

Over the last half century, exceptional changes in the environment have placed renewed importance on the study of society-nature interactions. Around the globe, ever increasing human demands on ecosystems not only harm the environment, but also induce great potential for social conflict. In this sense sustainability problems are not only "ecological" but "socio-ecological" since the ways societies interact with the environment affects both ecosystems and social systems.

The emerging interdisciplinary field of Long-Term Socio-Ecological Research (LTSER) is primarily concerned with questions of global environmental change and sustainability. It aims to conceptualise, observe, analyse, and model changes in coupled socio-ecological systems over generations. Tracking these changes over extended periods is accomplished in research traditions that include social and human ecology, industrial ecology, environmental history, human geography and anthropology. LTSER aims to provide a knowledge base that helps reorient socioeconomic trajectories towards more sustainable pathways.

The authors of the new volume make a case for LTSER's potential in providing insights, knowledge and experience necessary for a sustainability transition. Contributions from Europe and North America review the development of LTSER since its inception and assess its current state. Through many case studies, this book gives the reader a greater sense of where we are and what needs to be done to engage in and make meaning from long-term, place-based and cross-disciplinary engagements with socio-ecological systems.

Research in VOLANTE's Work package 4 (module P) directly builds on the LTSER concept and applies it to the long-term analysis of land-system trajectories of several important European countries.

 
Databases based on standardized, comparable data formats - Documentation
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WP4_case_studiesDeliverable D.4.2 Databases based on standardized, comparable data formats - Documentation is now available. This report complements the historic database at the national level for nine countries, Albania, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, United Kingdom and Denmark, established in Volante WP4 - Long term land-system dynamics. It represents an accompanying document, presenting main data sources, description of methods, technical description of the database, and some illustrative results. The database provides the empirical body and basis data for two remaining deliverables in Volante: D4.4 Report on country-level analyses and D4.5 Report on comparative analysis.

D.4.2 Databases based on standardized, comparable data formats - Documentation

 
Position as postdoc in Cultural Landscape Geography
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A two year postdoc position is available at The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen, starting May the 1st 2013 or soon thereafter.

The postdoc will become part of the team at the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management involved with the VOLANTE project (1 professor, 3 associate professors and 1 PhD). The postdoc will cover two main tasks. Half of the time will be dedicated research directly related to the Departments tasks within the VOLANTE project – especially within Work Package P-1 (Decision making at the local level: understanding land transformation processes) and Work Package P-2 (Policy effects, interaction and institutions). The remaining time can be used to conduct research within the overall themes and framework of the VOLANTE project on topics selected by the postdoc. An indication of research plans should be included in the application. A possible research topic is to analyze the full Danish agricultural register (GLR) covering a period of 15 years. The register holds detailed spatial information on e.g. the revealed preferences of farmers with respect to crop choice and uptake of agro-environmental schemes.

Contact persons: Anne Gravsholt Busck, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The application, in English, must be submitted electronically via http://www.ku.dk/english/available_positions/vip/

Postdoc in Cultural Landscape Geography

The deadline for applications is April the 8th 2013.

Please see more details here Position as postdoc in Cultural Landscape Geography

 
VOLANTE and University of the Aegean Ph.D. Summer School - Paper submission is now running
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Registration is running. To register, please, use the Application Form. The Organizing Committee will examine your application and reply to you by e-mail, within a week upon receipt of your application, with instructions about fee payment.

Paper submission deadline: 31st May, 2013-03-13.
Paper submission is now running.

More information on the program and the application requirements and deadlines at:

https://landscape2013.pns.aegean.gr/

 
VOLANTE and University of the Aegean Ph.D. Summer School
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Registration is running. To register, please, use the Application Form. The Organizing Committee will examine your application and reply to you by e-mail, within a week upon receipt of your application, with instructions about fee payment.

More information on the program and the application requirements and deadlines at:

https://landscape2013.pns.aegean.gr/

 
JFNW2013
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The Joensuu Forestry Networking Week 2013 "How to meet the increasing demand for wood in Europe?" will be organized on 27-31 May 2013 in Joensuu, Finland.

More information on the program and the application requirements and deadlines at: http://www.efi.int/portal/news___events/events/jfnw2013/

 
VOLANTE and University of the Aegean Ph.D. Summer School - first announcement
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summer_schoolThe Summer School Course on "Transitions in Landscape and Land Use" will take place in Lesvos from 12th to 18th of June 2013. The VOLANTE and University of the Aegean Ph.D. Summer School focuses on and is largely inspired by the ongoing scientific advances, in the context of the VOLANTE project: Visions of Land Use Transitions in Europe. PhD-Students will, therefore, become acquainted with state of the art scientific insights into:

o Past and present processes determining land use change, at various spatial/ time scales
o Modelling techniques in the assessment of land use scenarios for the future
o Interactive vision development and roadmapping for future land uses

      Course lecturers are among the top specialists in this interdisciplinary field of science, both from within the VOLANTE consortium and invited.

      Students are required to submit a complete draft scientific paper, before the start of the Summer School, which they will present and discuss in class, with fellow students and with the chief editor of a renowned peer-reviewed scientific journal.

      Please see more details here first announcement VOLANTE and University of the Aegean Ph.D. Summer School

       
      Integrating science-based and value-based trade-off analysis methods
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      Deliverable D.12.1 Integrating science-based and value-based trade-off analysis methods is now available. The aim of WP12 is to develop a spatial evaluation tool for the trade-off analysis of various land use options (qualitative exploration), integrating environmental and socio-economic indicators of sustainability, to assess whether the multifunctional land use system is sustainable. The concept of trade-off analysis is connoted in a diverse manner in VOLANTE. We can at least differentiate three different approaches that have to be coupled in the final outcomes of the project: (i) science-based trade-offs analysis relies on ecosystem service indicator and perform statistical analyses on their appearance, bundling, and synergies/trade-offs; (ii) value-based trade-off analysis operate in the field of decision sciences and integrates the component of interests and preferences into indicator-based assessments, (iii) and trade-offs as applied in the Visions workshops add the informative and explanatory character to the overall trade-off concept. In D12.1 we are focusing on the integration of the first two approaches. It is an important feature within the VOLANTE project to apply and test a bandwidth of trade-off analysis methods to comply with the complexity of land-use questions and to find novel, interdisciplinary angles of analysis. D12.1 aims at identifying (1) modes of application in the trade-off analysis sequence, (2) trade-off outputs for potential use in the Roadmap, (3) data issues, (4) scale issues, and (5) harmonized means of interpretation of results.

      D.12.1 Integrating science-based and value-based trade-off analysis methods

       
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