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366N: Essential land-use variables world café
Friday, 26/Apr/2019:
1:15pm - 2:45pm

Session Chair: Carsten Meyer
Session Chair: Steffen Fritz
Location: UniS-A -126
UniS building, room A-126, basement, 80 seats
Session Topics:
How do we support transformation?

Session Abstract

Much of Land System Science (LSS) is concerned with understanding changes in, and interrelations between, a large variety of different state variables that together form the “building blocks” of highly complex land systems. Several of the disciplines contributing to LSS have started conceptualizing and developing “Essential Variables” (EVs) – that is, a narrow set of core state variables that are fundamentally important for studying, managing, and reporting status and trends in their focal systems (e.g. Essential Climate Variables:, Essential Biodiversity Variables: Conceptually placed between raw observations (remotely sensed or in-situ) and more abstracted policy indicators, the EV concept was introduced to harmonize monitoring, streamline efforts and unite strengths around those fields’ core scientific and policy endeavours.

Despite the central role of land-use/land-management variables in LSS, similar momentum has not yet emerged around "Essential Land-Use Variables" (ELUVs). While various state variables might intuitively seem “essential” descriptors of agricultural, forestry, infrastructural, and other land-uses (e.g., crop species harvested areas and yields, livestock species abundances, forest management types, land-tenure types), the conceptual and operational development of ELUVs remains poorly organized among the respective scientific and other stakeholder communities.

This session addresses this issue by initiating a discussion about (i) the status of current activities and proposals around ELUVs, (ii) how to conceptualize and distinguish ELUVs from the EVs of neighboring fields, given the interdisciplinary nature of LSS and land-use issues, (iii) organizing the production of interoperable global ELUV data products, and (iv) strategies for harmonizing global monitoring efforts to capture these variables.

After a short introduction, the session will proceed with open table and plenary discussions among the participants around the above four questions. Those interested can use this session to network and initiate longer-term activities to advance the ELUV idea within LSS and the Global Land Programme.

Session Organizers: Carsten Meyer and Steffen Fritz

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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