Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Discussion group Landscape Dynamics

Date: 05 February 2019
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: Lumen 1, Wageningen Campus

The landscape is shaped by interacting physical, chemical and biological processes. These range from tectonic processes over millions of years to extreme events which change the landscape in a matter of seconds. The impact of humans on the landscape can be direct but also indirect, by affecting the natural processes. Therefore, understanding the landscape dynamics requires an interdisciplinary view ranging over multiple spatial and temporal scales. The discussion group ‘Landscape Dynamics’ focuses on the past, present and future dynamics of the physical landscape. During the proactive meetings, different themes will be introduced by a speaker and discussed using several propositions. Example of themes are feedbacks between soil, water, atmosphere and vegetation, the human factor in earth sciences or the issue of up- and downscaling in modelling natural processes.

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Upcoming session:

  • 5 February 2019: Transparency, reproducibility and uncertainty of data in environmental sciences
    This session will start with a short presentation on concepts of scientific practice, followed by a discussion on practical ways to translate these concepts in to our research practice (e.g. through open access publishing, data repositories, dealing with copyright, cookbook-methods, identifying uncertainty in qualitative and quantitative data). After the break a research case study will be presented that confronted several related issues, followed by a discussion of examples from group members. Wyou are invited to bring examples from your own work (or e-mail beforehand) and to think of questions that we could discuss!
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Past sessions:

  • 22 May 2018: FOREFRONT
    FOREFRONT is an interdisciplinary research program that aims to link landscape-transforming strategies of various actors with landscape change and ecosystem services in agro-forest frontiers. During this meeting, Madelon Lohbeck, Alejandra Hernandez and Sofia Monroy will present findings of research across 3 regions in Mexico. Discussion will follow on different ways of linking various data sources, including social and ecological data, across sites and different spatial and temporal scales, and finding avenues to inform policy.
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  • 16 November 2017: (Un)natural landscapes, how seemingly undisturbed places and natural processes have been influenced, or even introduced by humans
    Landscapes we consider natural or undisturbed are often heavily influenced or even designed by humans. In this meeting , we have two presentations on these seemingly natural aspects of our landscapes. First, Jasper Candel (WUR) will talk about the myth of remeandering streams and rivers. Second, dr. Crystal McMichael (UvA) will talk about the long-term impact of humans in the amazone area. Please join us to discuss these topics and share your own experiences with the often unknown impact of humans on our natural areas.
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  • 22 June 2017: Modeling soil landscapes
    Soils come in many forms, with many different proportions. In order to understand and predict the spatial variation in soil properties, different modeling approaches have been developed. Two approaches will be presented during this meeting. Dr. Arnaud Temme will give a presentation on mechanistic soil-landscape evolution modeling. Gerard Heuvelink will give a presentation on geostatistics for digital soil mapping.
  • 22 May 2017: Session on modelling landscapes
    This session is about modelling landscapes. Specifically, in the first part of the session, we will examine key drivers for modelling plant distribution in the Amazon forest; Gabriel Moulatlet, a PhD student from Turku University, will talk about "Mapping Amazon Biodiversity: Integrating landscape evolution and environment features to understand plant distribution". The second part of the session will be a discussion on modeling landscapes.
  • 31 March 2017: Bike tour through the surroundings of Wageningen: Landscapes of Wageningen
    Wageningen is known for its diverse landscape. Join us for a bike tour through this dynamic landscape and discuss the relations between landscape, soils, vegetation and past and present land use. We will end the tour with a drink in brewpub Rad van Wageningen. The Landscape Dynamics discussion group organizes this tour specially for PhD candidates, but others are also welcome! Bring your own bike.
  • 28 February 2017: Measuring heterogeneous landscapes.
    This session will revolve around measuring and up-scaling highly heterogeneous ecosystems. In the light of this topic, the session consists of an interactive activity and an illustrative talk from Marian Cabrera (PhD student at UvA). Her talk will be on examining the bases behind biomass estimation in a highly diverse (spatially and biologically) grassland ecosystem, from the methodological, and ecological to the policy-making perspective. Registration:
  • 31 January 2017: Scales in Landscape Dynamics, with a presentation of Jantiene Baartman on modelling erosion at different temporal scales, followed by a general discussion on the issue of scales in landscape research.
  • 16 December 2016: Kick-off meeting with a talk by dr. Jetse Stoorvogel about the wide scope of landscapes and associated forcings, followed by a discussion on the future contents and focus of the discussion group.