An interdisciplinary approach to depict landscape change drivers: A case study of the Ticuiz agrarian community in Michoacan, Mexico

Minerva Campos, Alejandro Velázquez, Gerardo Bocco Verdinelli, Margaret Skutsch, Martí Boada Juncà, ángel Guadalupe Priego-Santander

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Abstract

Landscape changes are driven by a combination of physical, ecological and socio-cultural factors. Hence, a large amount of information is necessary to monitor these changes and to develop effective strategies for management and conservation. For this, novel strategies for combining social and environmental data need to be developed. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the value of an innovative interdisciplinary approach to help in explaining landscape change. We integrated three main sources of information: biophysical landscape attributes, land-use/cover change analysis and social perceptions of land-use change, institutional and policy factors and environmental services. Multivariate statistical analysis was used to develop a weight for each variable described or quantified. Finally we identified proximate causes and underlying driving forces of land transformation in the study area. The study was undertaken in a typical community in Mexico. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-419
JournalApplied Geography
Volume32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

Keywords

  • Biophysical attributes
  • Driving forces
  • Land-use change
  • Landscape change
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Social perception

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