Economic linkages to changing landscapes

Jeffrey M. Peterson, Marcellus M. Caldas, Jason S. Bergtold, Belinda S. Sturm, Russell W. Graves, Dietrich Earnhart, Eric A. Hanley, J. Christopher Brown

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Many economic processes are intertwined with landscape change. A large number of individual economic decisions shape the landscape, and in turn the changes in the landscape shape economic decisions. This article describes key research questions about the economics of landscape change and reviews the state of research knowledge. The rich and varied economic-landscape interactions are an active area of research by economists, geographers, and others. Because the interactions are numerous and complex, disentangling the causal relationships in any given landscape system is a formidable research challenge. Limited data with mismatched temporal and spatial scales present further obstacles. Nevertheless, the growing body of economic research on these topics is advancing and shares fundamental challenges, as well as data and methods, with work in other disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-66
Number of pages12
JournalEnvironmental management
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Climate
  • Great Plains
  • Land use
  • Ogallala aquifer
  • Spatial scale
  • Thresholds


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