What is Telecoupling?


Jianguo Liu, Anna Herzberger, Kelly Kapsar, Andrew K. Carlson, and Thomas Connor

Journal or Book Title: Telecoupling -- Exploring Land-Use Change in a Globalised World

Page Number(s): 19 - 48

Year Published: 2019


Human and natural systems around the world are becoming increasingly connected through distant processes, such as international trade, migration, foreign investment, flows of ecosystem services, and species invasion. The speed, scale, complexity, and consequences of these interactions have profound implications for global challenges such as biodiversity conservation, food security, energy security, water security, environmental protection, and human well-being. For instance, biofuel policies in the USA and Europe catalyse land-use change that has socioeconomic and environmental impacts in distant areas worldwide (Liu et al. 2013). The complex impacts of these distant human-nature interactions demonstrate the need for an umbrella concept that can describe various distant interactions, and an integrated framework for systematic analysis to address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and other global challenges.

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-11105-2_2

Type of Publication: Book Chapter

Location: UK