Climate-relevant land use and land cover change policies

Mahmood, Rezaul, Pielke, Roger A., Sr. and McAlpine, Clive A. (2016) Climate-relevant land use and land cover change policies. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97 2: 195-202. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00221.1


Author Mahmood, Rezaul
Pielke, Roger A., Sr.
McAlpine, Clive A.
Title Climate-relevant land use and land cover change policies
Journal name Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0003-0007
1520-0477
Publication date 2016-02
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1175/BAMS-D-14-00221.1
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 97
Issue 2
Start page 195
End page 202
Total pages 8
Place of publication Boston, MA United States
Publisher American Meteorological Society
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Both observational and modeling studies clearly demonstrate that land-use and land-cover change (LULCC) play an important biogeophysical and biogeochemical role in the climate system from the landscape to regional and even continental scales. Without comprehensively considering these impacts, an adequate response to the threats posed by human intervention into the climate system will not be adequate.

Public policy plays an important role in shaping local- to national-scale land-use practices. An array of national policies has been developed to influence the nature and spatial extent of LULCC. Observational evidence suggests that these policies, in addition to international trade treaties and protocols, have direct effects on LULCC and thus the climate system.

However, these policies, agreements, and protocols fail to adequately recognize these impacts. To make these more effective and thus to minimize climatic impacts, we propose several recommendations: 1) translating international treaties and protocols into national policies and actions to ensure positive climate outcomes; 2) updating international protocols to reflect advancement in climate–LULCC science; 3) continuing to invest in the measurements, databases, reporting, and verification activities associated with LULCC and LULCC-relevant climate monitoring; and 4) reshaping Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation+ (REDD+) to fully account for the multiscale biogeophysical and biogeochemical impacts of LULCC on the climate system.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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