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GUEST EDITORIAL – SPECIAL ISSUE: Land Use Changes, Degradation and Impact on Ecosystem Services in Asia and Southeast Asia
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  • Krishna Vadrevu,
  • Garik Gutman,
  • Matsunaga Tsuneo,
  • Chris Justice
Krishna Vadrevu
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

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Garik Gutman
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Matsunaga Tsuneo
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES
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Chris Justice
University of Maryland at College Park Department of Geographical Sciences
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Several Asian countries are undergoing rapid economic development driven by diverse factors. This development is leading to continuous land use changes, including deforestation, urbanization, and agricultural conversion. Such transformations threaten essential ecosystem functions and services, like food provision, climate regulation, and cultural benefits. Land-use changes, influenced by economic activities and policies, carry extensive consequences, impacting ecosystem productivity, water resources, and climate stability. Remote sensing technology significantly aids in monitoring and quantifying these changes, offering valuable insights for land management and policy decisions. The NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) Program within NASA’s Earth Science Division program aims to establish global assessments of land changes using space-based methods (https://lcluc.umd.edu/). The South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI), funded by NASA LCLUC, focuses on advancing LCLUC science in the region and fostering collaborations between US and Asian researchers. Utilizing geospatial data from remote sensing and models, SARI employs a comprehensive approach, considering biophysical and socioeconomic aspects of land systems and their interactions. SARI has been enhancing LCLUC science through science projects, partnerships, training, workshops, and capacity building exchanges since 2015. This Special Issue, stemming from SARI meetings in the Philippines and Malaysia in 2018 and 2019, gathers articles focusing on LCLUC, degradation, and ecosystem services in Asia. Of over 90 submissions, 30 have been accepted, providing insights into these issues and their regional impacts. The articles are summarized into various sub-themes below.
08 Sep 2023Submitted to Land Degradation & Development
08 Sep 2023Submission Checks Completed
08 Sep 2023Assigned to Editor
08 Sep 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
12 Sep 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
05 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
10 Oct 20231st Revision Received
10 Oct 2023Submission Checks Completed
10 Oct 2023Assigned to Editor
10 Oct 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
10 Oct 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
18 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Accept