Geography

 

From the Arctic to Antarctica, and from Africa to the Americas, our faculty pursue research wherever there are issues to understand and problems to solve. Our program has seen five faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences and four to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. We are the only program of Geography to carry this distinction.

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Submissions from 2022

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(Counter)mapping renewables: Space, justice, and politics of wind and solar power in Mexico, Sofia Avila, Yannick Deniau, Alevgul H. Sorman, and James McCarthy

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Chinese neoglobalization in East Africa: logics, couplings and impacts, Pádraig R. Carmody and James T. Murphy

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Post-great recession municipal budgeting and governance: A mixed methods analysis of budget stress and reform, Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward

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High resolution, annual maps of field boundaries for smallholder-dominated croplands at national scales, Lyndon D. Estes, Su Ye, Lei Song, Boka Luo, J. Ronald Eastman, Zhenhua Meng, Qi Zhang, Dennis McRitchie, Stephanie R. Debats, Justus Muhando, Angeline H. Amukoa, Brian W. Kaloo, Jackson Makuru, Ben K. Mbatia, Isaac M. Muasa, Julius Mucha, Adelide M. Mugami, Judith M. Mugami, Francis W. Muinde, Fredrick M. Mwawaza, Jeff Ochieng, Charles J. Oduol, Purent Oduor, Thuo Wanjiku, Joseph G. Wanyoike, Ryan B. Avery, and Kelly K. Caylor

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A Century of Drought in Hawaiʻi: Geospatial Analysis and Synthesis across Hydrological, Ecological, and Socioeconomic Scales, Abby G. Frazier, Christian P. Giardina, Thomas W. Giambelluca, Laura Brewington, Yi Leng Chen, Pao Shin Chu, Lucas Berio Fortini, Danielle Hall, David A. Helweg, Victoria W. Keener, Ryan J. Longman, Matthew P. Lucas, Alan Mair, Delwyn S. Oki, Julian J. Reyes, Stephanie G. Yelenik, and Clay Trauernicht

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Impact of historical climate variability on rice production in Mainland Southeast Asia across multiple scales, Abby G. Frazier, Bui Tan Yen, Malte F. Stuecker, Katherine M. Nelson, Bjoern Ole Sander, Michael B. Kantar, and Diane R. Wang

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Observations of declining primary productivity in the western Bering Strait, Karen E. Frey, Jaclyn Clement Kinney, Larry V. Stock, and Robert Osinski

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Phytoplankton bloom stages estimated from chlorophyll pigment proportions suggest delayed summer production in low sea ice years in the northern Bering Sea, Clare B. Gaffey, Karen E. Frey, Lee W. Cooper, and Jacqueline M. Grebmeier

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The Influence of burn severity on post-fire spectral recovery of three fires in the southern Rocky Mountains, Jaclyn Guz, Florencia Sangermano, and Dominik Kulakowski

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Historical urban tree canopy cover change in two post-industrial cities, Marc Healy, John Rogan, Lara A. Roman, Sabine Nix, Deborah G. Martin, and Nicholas Geron

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Applying landscape fragmentation analysis to icescape environments: potential impacts for the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens), Anthony Himmelberger, Karen E. Frey, and Florencia Sangermano

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Utopias and dystopias of renewable energy imaginaries, Karen Hudlet-Vazquez, Melissa Bollman, Jessica Craigg, and James McCarthy

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New political ecologies of renewable energy, Sarah Knuth, Ingrid Behrsin, Anthony Levenda, and James McCarthy

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Trapped under ice: Spatial and seasonal dynamics of dissolved organic matter composition in tundra lakes, Martin R. Kurek, Karen E. Frey, François Guillemette, David C. Podgorski, Amy Townsend-Small, Christopher D. Arp, Anne M. Kellerman, and Robert G.M. Spencer

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Debris flows modeling using geo-environmental factors: developing hybridized deep-learning algorithms, Yang Li, Wei Chen, Fatemeh Rezaie, Omid Rahmati, Davoud Davoudi Moghaddam, John Tiefenbacher, Mahdi Panahi, Moung Jin Lee, Dominik Kulakowski, Dieu Tien Bui, and Saro Lee

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The Pacific Drought Knowledge Exchange: A Co-Production Approach to Deliver Climate Resources to User Groups, Ryan J. Longman, Abby G. Frazier, Christian P. Giardina, Elliott W. Parsons, and Sierra McDaniel

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Climate Adaptation for Tropical Island Land Stewardship: Adapting a Workshop Planning Process to Hawai'i, Ryan J. Longman, Courtney L. Peterson, Madeline Baroli, Abby G. Frazier, Zachary Cook, Elliott W. Parsons, Maude Dinan, Katie L. Kamelamela, Caitriana Steele, Reanna Burnett, Chris Swanston, and Christian P. Giardina

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Optimizing Automated Kriging to Improve Spatial Interpolation of Monthly Rainfall over Complex Terrain, Matthew P. Lucas, Ryan J. Longman, Thomas W. Giambelluca, Abby G. Frazier, Jared McLean, Sean B. Cleveland, Yu Fen Huang, and Jonghyun Lee

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Ownership is a habit of mind: how community land trusts expose key consensual fictions of urban property, Joseph Pierce, James DeFilippis, Olivia R. Williams, Deborah G. Martin, Richard Kruger, and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

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Rocky Mountain forests are poised to recover following bark beetle outbreaks but with altered composition, Kyle C. Rodman, Robert A. Andrus, Amanda R. Carlson, Trevor A. Carter, Teresa B. Chapman, Jonathan D. Coop, Paula J. Fornwalt, Nathan S. Gill, Brian J. Harvey, Ashley E. Hoffman, Katharine C. Kelsey, Dominik Kulakowski, Daniel C. Laughlin, Jenna E. Morris, José F. Negrón, Katherine M. Nigro, Gregory S. Pappas, Miranda D. Redmond, Charles C. Rhoades, Monique E. Rocca, Zoe H. Schapira, Jason S. Sibold, Camille S. Stevens-Rumann, Thomas T. Veblen, Jianmin Wang, Xiaoyang Zhang, and Sarah J. Hart

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Acoustic diversity of forested landscapes: Relationships to habitat structure and anthropogenic pressure, Florencia Sangermano

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Place identity among native minorities: lessons from Arabs in Israel, Ilan Shdema and Deborah Martin

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Wildfire controls on land surface properties in mixed conifer and ponderosa pine forests of Sierra Nevada and Klamath mountains, Western US, Surendra Shrestha, Christopher A. Williams, Brendan M. Rogers, John Rogan, and Dominik Kulakowski

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Probabilistic tracking of annual cropland changes over large, complex agricultural landscapes using Google Earth engine, Sitian Xiong, Priscilla Baltezar, Morgan A. Crowley, Michael Cecil, Stefano C. Crema, Eli Baldwin, Jeffrey A. Cardille, and Lyndon Estes

Submissions from 2021

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Toward the development of deep learning analyses for snow avalanche releases in mountain regions, Yunzhi Chen, Wei Chen, Omid Rahmati, Fatemeh Falah, Dominik Kulakowski, Saro Lee, Fatemeh Rezaie, Mahdi Panahi, Aref Bahmani, Hamid Darabi, Ali Torabi Haghighi, and Huiyuan Bian

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Consequences of underexplored variation in biodiversity indices used for land-use prioritization, Christopher L. Crawford, Lyndon D. Estes, Timothy D. Searchinger, and David S. Wilcove

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Spacing Rancière's politics, Mark Davidson and Kurt Iveson

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The Post–Great Recession Geographies of U.S. Municipal Borrowing and Indebtedness, Mark Davidson, David Lukens, and Kevin Ward

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Perceived links between climate change and weather forecast accuracy: new barriers to tools for agricultural decision-making, Zack Guido, Sara Lopus, Kurt Waldman, Corrie Hannah, Andrew Zimmer, Natasha Krell, Chris Knudson, Lyndon Estes, Kelly Caylor, and Tom Evans

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Long-term empirical evidence shows post-disturbance climate controls post-fire regeneration, Jaclyn Guz, Nathan S. Gill, and Dominik Kulakowski

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Revisiting power and powerlessness: Speculating on West Virginia’s energy future and the externalities of the socioecological fix, Dylan M. Harris and James McCarthy

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Female Pacific walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) show greater partitioning of sea ice organic carbon than males: Evidence from ice algae trophic markers, Chelsea W. Koch, Lee W. Cooper, Ryan J. Woodland, Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, Karen E. Frey, Raphaela Stimmelmayr, Cédric Magen, and Thomas A. Brown

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Ownership is a Habit of Mind: How Community Land Trusts Expose Key Consensual Fictions of Urban Property, Deborah Martin

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Modeling the spatial distribution of the current and future ecosystem services of urban tree planting in Chicopee and Fall River, Massachusetts, R. Moody, N. Geron, M. Healy, J. Rogan, and D. Martin

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Understanding agricultural fire dynamics in the southern Yucatán Peninsular Region using the MODIS (C6) active fire product, Andrew Pagan, John Rogan, Birgit Schmook, Zachary Christman, and Florencia Sangermano

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Effects of bark beetle outbreaks on forest landscape pattern in the southern rocky mountains, U.S.A., Kyle C. Rodman, Robert A. Andrus, Cori L. Butkiewicz, Teresa B. Chapman, Nathan S. Gill, Brian J. Harvey, Dominik Kulakowski, Niko J. Tutland, Thomas T. Veblen, and Sarah J. Hart

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Linking land change model evaluation to model objective for the assessment of land cover change impacts on biodiversity, Florencia Sangermano, Robert Gilmore Pontius, Jamieson Chaitman, and Aaron Meneghini

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Assessment of empirical and semi-analytical algorithms using modis-aqua for representing in-situ chromophoric dissolved organic matter (Cdom) in the bering, chukchi, and western beaufort seas of the pacific arctic region, Melishia I. Santiago and Karen E. Frey

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Ecosystem carbon balance in the Hawaiian Islands under different scenarios of future climate and land use change, Paul C. Selmants, Benjamin M. Sleeter, Jinxun Liu, Tamara S. Wilson, Clay Trauernicht, Abby G. Frazier, and Gregory P. Asner

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Exposure to the majority social space and residential place identity among minorities: evidence from Arabs in Israel, Ilan Shdema, Deborah G. Martin, and Kahled Abu-Asbeh

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First pan-Arctic assessment of dissolved organic carbon in lakes of the permafrost region, Lydia Stolpmann, Caroline Coch, Anne Morgenstern, Julia Boike, Michael Fritz, Ulrike Herzschuh, Kathleen Stoof-Leichsenring, Yury Dvornikov, Birgit Heim, Josefine Lenz, Amy Larsen, Katey Walter Anthony, Benjamin Jones, Karen Frey, and Guido Grosse

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Assembling community economies, Kaner Atakan Turker and James T. Murphy

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Field-scale soil moisture bridges the spatial-scale gap between drought monitoring and agricultural yields, Noemi Vergopolan, Sitian Xiong, Lyndon Estes, Niko Wanders, Nathaniel W. Chaney, Eric F. Wood, Megan Konar, Kelly Caylor, Hylke E. Beck, Nicolas Gatti, Tom Evans, and Justin Sheffield

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Detecting subtle change from dense Landsat time series: Case studies of mountain pine beetle and spruce beetle disturbance, Su Ye, John Rogan, Zhe Zhu, Todd J. Hawbaker, Sarah J. Hart, Robert A. Andrus, Arjan J.H. Meddens, Jeffrey A. Hicke, J. Ronald Eastman, and Dominik Kulakowski

Submissions from 2020

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Geographies of transition—From topical concerns to theoretical engagement: A commentary on the transitions research agenda, Christian Binz, Lars Coenen, James T. Murphy, and Bernhard Truffer

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Unfamiliar Territory: Emerging Themes for Ecological Drought Research and Management, Shelley D. Crausbay, Julio Betancourt, John Bradford, Jennifer Cartwright, William C. Dennison, Jason Dunham, Carolyn A.F. Enquist, Abby G. Frazier, Kimberly R. Hall, Jeremy S. Littell, Charles H. Luce, Richard Palmer, Aaron R. Ramirez, Imtiaz Rangwala, Laura Thompson, Brianne M. Walsh, and Shawn Carter

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Between passion and reason: rethinking critical urban scholarship in populist times, Mark Davidson

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Extreme municipal fiscal stress and austerity? A case study of fiscal reform after Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Mark Davidson

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From big to small cities: a qualitative analysis of the causes and outcomes of post-recession municipal bankruptcies, Mark Davidson

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Going bust two ways? Epistemic communities and the study of urban policy failure, Mark Davidson

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Post-crash cities: the Great Recession, state restructuring and urban governance, Mark Davidson

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Tropical forest loss enhanced by large-scale land acquisitions, Kyle Frankel Davis, Heejin Irene Koo, Jampel Dell’Angelo, Paolo D’Odorico, Lyndon Estes, Laura J. Kehoe, Milad Kharratzadeh, Tobias Kuemmerle, Domingos Machava, Aurélio de Jesus Rodrigues Pais, Natasha Ribeiro, Maria Cristina Rulli, and Mokganedi Tatlhego

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Mapping spatiotemporal variability of the urban heat island across an urban gradient in Worcester, Massachusetts using in-situ Thermochrons and Landsat-8 Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) data, A. Elmes, M. Healy, N. Geron, M. M. Andrews, J. Rogan, D. G. Martin, F. Sangermano, C. A. Williams, and B. Weil

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Accounting for training data error in machine learning applied to earth observations, Arthur Elmes, Hamed Alemohammad, Ryan Avery, Kelly Caylor, J. Ronald Eastman, Lewis Fishgold, Mark A. Friedl, Meha Jain, Divyani Kohli, Juan Carlos Laso Bayas, Dalton Lunga, Jessica L. McCarty, Robert Gilmore Pontius, Andrew B. Reinmann, John Rogan, Lei Song, Hristiana Stoynova, Su Ye, Zhuang Fang Yi, and Lyndon Estes

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Current changes in alpine ecosystems of Pacific Islands, Abby G. Frazier and Laura Brewington

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Nano and micro unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs): a new grand challenge for precision agriculture?, Jorge Gago, Joan Estrany, Lyndon Estes, Alisdair R. Fernie, Bartomeu Alorda, Yariv Brotman, Jaume Flexas, José Mariano Escalona, and Hipólito Medrano

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Disturbance history modulates how litter and herbaceous cover influence conifer regeneration after fire, Nathan S. Gill, Daniel Jarvis, John Rogan, and Dominik Kulakowski

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A green transition in South Africa? Sociotechnical experimentation in the Atlantis Special Economic Zone, Richard Grant, Pádraig Carmody, and James T. Murphy

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Forests in the Anthropocene, Jaclyn Guz and Dominik Kulakowski

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A Relational theory of risk: a case study of the Asian Longhorned Beetle infestation in Worcester, MA, Joey Hersh, Deborah G. Martin, Nicholas a.B. Geron, and John Rogan

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Ice algae resource utilization by benthic macro- And megafaunal communities on the Pacific Arctic shelf determined through lipid biomarker analysis, Chelsea Wegner Koch, Lee W. Cooper, Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, Karen Frey, and Thomas A. Brown

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Seasonal and latitudinal variations in sea ice algae deposition in the Northern Bering and Chukchi seas determined by algal biomarkers, Chelsea Wegner Koch, Lee W. Cooper, Catherine Lalande, Thomas A. Brown, Karen E. Frey, and Jacqueline M. Grebmeier

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The ecology of forest disturbances, Dominik Kulakowski, Brian Buma, Jaclyn Guz, and Katherine Hayes

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High-spatiotemporal-resolution mapping of global urban change from 1985 to 2015, Xiaoping Liu, Yinghuai Huang, Xiaocong Xu, Xuecao Li, Xia Li, Philippe Ciais, Peirong Lin, Kai Gong, Alan D. Ziegler, Anping Chen, Peng Gong, Jun Chen, Guohua Hu, Yimin Chen, Shaojian Wang, Qiusheng Wu, Kangning Huang, Lyndon Estes, and Zhenzhong Zeng

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Long-term, gridded standardized precipitation index for Hawai‘i, Matthew P. Lucas, Clay Trauernicht, Abby G. Frazier, and Tomoaki Miura

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Distinguishing Variability Regimes of Hawaiian Summer Rainfall: Quasi-Biennial and Interdecadal Oscillations, Xiao Luo, Bin Wang, Abby G. Frazier, and Thomas W. Giambelluca

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Place as human-environment network: Tree planting and place-making in Massachusetts, USA, Deborah Martin

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The Production of Community in Community Land Trusts, Deborah Martin, James DeFilippis, Olivia Williams, Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani, and Joseph Pierce

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A blended census and multiscale remote sensing approach to probabilistic cropland mapping in complex landscapes, Issamaldin Mohammed, Michael Marshall, Kees de Bie, Lyndon Estes, and Andy Nelson

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The commodity effects of decommodification: community land trusts and neighborhood property values, Katharine Nelson, James DeFilippis, Richard Kruger, Olivia Williams, Joseph Pierce, Deborah Martin, and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani

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Envisioning African futures: Perspectives from economic geography, Stefan Ouma, Alex Hughes, James T. Murphy, and Maggie Opondo

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A global view of aspen: Conservation science for widespread keystone systems, Paul C. Rogers, Bradley D. Pinno, Jan Šebesta, Benedicte R. Albrectsen, Guoqing Li, Natalya Ivanova, Antonín Kusbach, Timo Kuuluvainen, Simon M. Landhäusser, Hongyan Liu, Tor Myking, Pertti Pulkkinen, Zhongming Wen, and Dominik Kulakowski

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Understanding social and environmental determinants of piecework labor in smallholder agricultural systems, Mikaela Schmitt-Harsh, Kurt Waldman, Lyndon Estes, and Tom Evans

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Change points detected in decadal and seasonal trends of outlet glacier terminus positions across west greenland, Ashley V. York, Karen E. Frey, Sadegh Jamali, and Sarah B. Das

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Changes at the edge: Trends in sea ice, ocean temperature and ocean color at the Northwest Atlantic/Southern Arctic interface, Ashley V. York, Karen E. Frey, and Luisa N.C. Young

Submissions from 2019

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Urban tree survival and stewardship in a state-managed planting initiative: A case study in Holyoke, Massachusetts, Benjamin S. Breger, Theodore S. Eisenman, Madison E. Kremer, Lara A. Roman, Deborah G. Martin, and John Rogan

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Social sustainability: Politics and democracy in a time of crisis, Mark Davidson

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Evaluating ecosystem effects of climate change on tropical island streams using high spatial and temporal resolution sampling regimes, Therese C. Frauendorf, Richard A. MacKenzie, Ralph W. Tingley, Abby G. Frazier, Michael H. Riney, and Rana W. El-Sabaawi

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A high-frequency mobile phone data collection approach for research in social-environmental systems: Applications in climate variability and food security in sub-Saharan Africa, Stacey A. Giroux, Inna Kouper, Lyndon D. Estes, Jacob Schumacher, Kurt Waldman, Joel T. Greenshields, Stephanie L. Dickinson, Kelly K. Caylor, and Tom P. Evans

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The Distributed Biological Observatory: A change detection array in the Pacific Arctic – An introduction, Jacqueline M. Grebmeier, Sue E. Moore, Lee W. Cooper, and Karen E. Frey

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Contextualizing neighbourhood activism: Spatial solidarity in the city, Katherine B. Hankins and Deborah G. Martin

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Integrated approaches to understanding and reducing drought impact on food security across scales, Xiaogang He, Lyndon Estes, Megan Konar, Di Tian, Daniela Anghileri, Kathy Baylis, Tom P. Evans, and Justin Sheffield

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Probabilistic global maps of crop-specific areas from 1961 to 2014, Nicole D. Jackson, Megan Konar, Peter Debaere, and Lyndon Estes

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High-resolution gridded daily rainfall and temperature for the Hawaiian Islands (1990-2014), Ryan J. Longman, Abby G. Frazier, Andrew J. Newman, Thomas W. Giambelluca, David Schanzenbach, Aurora Kagawa-Viviani, Heidi Needham, Jeffrey R. Arnold, and Martyn P. Clark

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Meanings of limited equity homeownership in community land trusts., Deborah Martin, Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani, Olivia R. Williams, Richard Kruger, Joseph Pierce, and James DeFilippis

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On the Transformative Potential of Community Land Trusts in the United States, Deborah Martin, Rich Kruger, Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani, Olivia R. Williams, Joseph Pierce, and James DeFilippis

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Authoritarianism, Populism, and the Environment: Comparative Experiences, Insights, and Perspectives, James McCarthy

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Visualizing new political ecologies: A critical data studies analysis of the World Bank's renewable energy resource mapping initiative, James McCarthy and Jim Thatcher

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Unbundling property in Boston’s urban food commons, Oona Morrow and Deborah G. Martin

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Global production network dis/articulations in Zanzibar: Practices and conjunctures of exclusionary development in the tourism industry, James T. Murphy

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Generative urbanization in Africa? A sociotechnical systems view of Tanzania’s urban transition, James T. Murphy and Pádraig R. Carmody

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Snowmelt detection from QuikSCAT and ASCAT satellite radar scatterometer data across the Alaskan North Slope, Emily J. Sturdivant, Karen E. Frey, and Frank E. Urban

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Cognitive biases about climate variability in smallholder farming systems in Zambia, Kurt B. Waldman, Noemi Vergopolan, Shahzeen Z. Attari, Justin Sheffield, Lyndon D. Estes, Kelly K. Caylor, and Tom P. Evans

Submissions from 2018

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Assessing the interaction between mountain forests and snow avalanches at Nevados de Chillán, Chile and its implications for ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, Alejandro Casteller, Thomas Häfelfinger, Erika Cortés Donoso, Karen Podvin, Dominik Kulakowski, and Peter Bebi

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Editorial: Private is profit and the public is dead?, Mark Davidson

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Editorial: why not anti-urban?, Mark Davidson

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New-build gentrification, Mark Davidson

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Participatory budgeting, austerity and institutions of democracy: The case of Vallejo, California, Mark Davidson

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Cities under austerity: restructuring the US metropolis, Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward

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Conclusion, Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward