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Land use as a modulator of land cover transitions and the ecosystem–atmosphere carbon balance (LANDMOD)

LANDMOD project is focusing on the impacts of land use on land cover changes and their consequences for the climate. Our main objectives are 1) to contribute understanding of the rates, magnitudes and mechanisms of land cover changes under different land uses and 2) to quantify how land use alters the release and uptake of carbon dioxide and methane. Besides estimating the impact of todays’ land use, we will estimate the influence of past land use on the cumulative carbon balance and build predictions on how the carbon balance develops under various climate scenarios. With these approaches, our aim is to contribute to better understanding on how and why the rates and magnitudes of land cover transitions vary at high-latitudes in northern Fennoscandinavia and how these changes feedback to the atmosphere.