Holocene Anthropogenic Land Cover Change

Global and regional modeling of Holocene anthropogenic land cover change

The ultimate goal of the COEVOLVE ERC project (2013-2018) is to understand how humans have influenced the natural environment from regional to global scale (e.g., climate) over the Holocene. As we continue our regional analyses of human environmental impact (e.g., Khmer Empire, prehistoric Europe, etc.), this long-term project will combines concepts, data, and model simulations from regional studies into a comprehensive land use model. Through our regional analyses, we identify trends in human-environment interactions and extrapolate these to the globe. This type of comprehensive work requires a thorough understanding of subsistence strategies of all of the major cultural groups throughout the Holocene. A compilation of our regional studies will lead to simulations of worldwide patterns of deforestation and estimates of global carbon emissions from preindustrial land use. Our gridded historical urbanization database will also aid to distribute humans on the landscape. By combining regional analyses, urbanization data, crop productivity data along with climate and soil data, our latest model scenarios of Holocene anthropogenic land use and land cover change will be more accurate and more thematically detailed than others produced to-date