This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 265104


Case Studies
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Research within the module ‘Processes – land system dynamics across scales’ of VOLANTE aims to generate new insights into socioeconomic and ecological processes that are shaping land use transitions. This research is based on empirical analysis of past and present land-use change, either in case-studies or through establishing and analyzing wall-to-wall maps of land use (change) across Europe. The outcomes of module P form a strong empirical basis for the work in modules A (assessment) and V (visions), in addition to being relevant for the land-system change community at large in their own right.
Case study based analyses at the local scale (in WP1: Decision making at the local level: understanding land transformation processes) are complemented by macro analysis at the national (WP2: Policy effects, interaction and institutions and WP4: Long term land-system dynamics) and European (WP3: Hotspots and syndromes of recent land-use transitions) scale, with a specific focus on European land system dynamics in the global context. Module P follows both qualitative and quantitative approaches. Qualitative information aims to explain links between drivers, decision processes and land change dynamics based on in-depth analysis of national and local cases. Quantitative data and spatial information are necessary to detect and assess land use change, enable upscaling of results, cross-region comparisons and longitudinal analysis.


The empirical studies of Module Processes address a wide range of spatial and temporal scale levels  and are closely interconnected, linking local and global perspectives in both short and long term analyses:

•    Case studies – WP1

•    Country studies – WP2

•    Long term studies – WP4


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