Zero Hunger

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Land-Use Change Scenarios

  • Amir AhmadpourEmail author
  • Mohamad Reza Shahraki
Reference work entry



Land use refers to how people make use of the land. It also refers to specifying how land is used. Land use encompasses patterns, activities, and inputs that are utilized by people in a certain type of land cover for production operation or its change and protection (Jansen and Gregorio 1998). Land-use change means changes in how a land is used. This change is not necessarily confined to the changes in land surface, but it includes the changes in land density and management too (Ziari 2007).


The earth is the place where human activities are done. The use of this resource is called land use that provides different situations depending on goals like food production, shelter supply, and material extraction and processing, as well as biophysical characteristics of the land (Mehrabi et al. 2013). Land use is dictated by two components: basic living requirements of human being and bioenvironmental attributes and processes....
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Sari BranchIslamic Azad UniversitySariIran
  2. 2.Department of Natural Resources and Watershed Management of Golestan Province, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural ResourcesGorganIran

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad Sadegh Allahyari
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Agricultural ManagementRasht Branch, Islamic Azad University, RashtRashtIran