Running out of land: A new global challenge

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Alan Belward

RSE/SCRR Joint Peter Wilson Lecture

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A talk given by Alan Belward, Head of Land Resource Management at the European Commission’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra, Italy.

Land is not often considered a non-renewable resource, but it should be. The land meets most food, fuel and fibre needs of our rapidly growing human population and shapes Earth’s climate too… competition for this finite resource is fierce. Satellites provide a unique vantage point from which to determine how, when and where land resources change. This talk introduced some of the policies that impact global land use and highlighted the role of Earth-imaging satellites in responding to these.


Alan Belward
Head of Land Resource Management, European Commission’s Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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