Quotation Bruckner, Martin, Fischer, Günther, Tramberend, Sylvia, Giljum, Stefan. 2015. Measuring telecouplings in the global land system: A review and comparative evaluation of land footprint accounting methods. Ecological Economics 114, 11-21.


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In an increasingly globalized world with more and more distributed international supply chains, sustainability studies and policies need to consider socioeconomic and environmental interactions between distant places. Studies of the global biomass metabolism investigate physical flows between and within nature and human systems, thus providing a useful basis for understanding the interrelatedness of changes in one place with impacts elsewhere. Various methodological approaches exist for studying the human-nature metabolism and estimating the land embodied in international trade flows, a core element of assessing telecouplings in the global land system. The results of recent studies vary widely, lacking robustness and thus hampering their application in policy making. This article provides a structured overview and comparative evaluation of existing accounting methods and models for calculating land footprints. We identify differences in available accounting methods and indicate their shortcomings, which are mainly attributable to the product and supply chain coverage and detail, and biases introduced by the use of monetary flows as a proxy for actual physical flows. We suggest options for further development of global land footprint accounting methods, particularly highlighting the advantages of hybrid accounting approaches as a framework for robust and transparent assessments of the global displacement of land use.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Ecological Economics
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new FIN-A, STRAT-B, VW-C, WH-B
Language English
Title Measuring telecouplings in the global land system: A review and comparative evaluation of land footprint accounting methods
Volume 114
Year 2015
Page from 11
Page to 21
Reviewed? Y
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800915000932
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.03.008

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Land Targets
UBA Land
DESIRE (Development of a System of Indicators for a Resource efficient Europe)
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Bruckner, Martin (Details)
Giljum, Stefan (Details)
External
Fischer, Günther (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)
Tramberend, Sylvia (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria)
Organization
Institute for Ecological Economics IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
2959 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
4907 Interdisciplinary agricultural and forestry science (Details)
4924 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5353 Environmental economics (Details)
5368 Sustainable development, sustainable economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
5914 Environmental research (Details)
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