When multi-functional landscape meets critical zone science: advancing multi-disciplinary research for sustainable human well-being

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Luo, Y., Lu, Y., Fu, B., Harris, P., Wu, L. and Comber, A. 2019. When multi-functional landscape meets critical zone science: advancing multi-disciplinary research for sustainable human well-being. National Science Review.

AuthorsLuo, Y., Lu, Y., Fu, B., Harris, P., Wu, L. and Comber, A.
Abstract

Environmental degradation has become one of the major obstacles to sustainable development and human well-being internationally. Scientific efforts are being made to understand the mechanism of environmental degradation and sustainability. Critical Zone (CZ)science and research on the multi-functional landscape are emerging fields in earth science that can contribute to such scientific efforts. This paper reviews the progress, similarities and current status of these two scientific research fields, and identifies a number of opportunities for their
synergistic integration through functional and multi-functional approaches, process-based
monitoring, mechanistic analyses, and dynamic modelling, global long term and networked
monitoring, and systematic modelling supported by scaling and deep coupling. These approaches
proposed in this paper have the potential to support sustainable human well-being by strengthening a functional orientation that consolidates multi-functional landscape research and CZ science. This is a key challenge for sustainable development and human well-being in the 21st
century.

KeywordsMulti-functional landscapes; Critical Zone; Ecosystem services; Sustainable development; Human well-being
Year of Publication2019
JournalNational Science Review
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1093/nsr/nwy003
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderNational Natural Science Foundation of China
Natural Environment Research Council
BBSRC Newton funding
Funder project or codeModelling and managing critical zone relationships between soil, water and ecosystem processes across the Loess Plateau
41571130083
Publisher's version
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Print09 Jan 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted16 Jul 2017
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Copyright licenseCC BY
ISSN2095-5138

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