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Land, Volume 7, Issue 1 (March 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Coupled human and natural system (CHANS) models often treat system components separately, linking [...] Read more. Coupled human and natural system (CHANS) models often treat system components separately, linking them through specific processes. This makes it difficult to bridge the integrated coupling of both social and ecological processes suggested by land systems architecture (LA) and landscape ecology (LE). We have developed a framework that integrates LA and LE via linkages between human action (governance), landscape patterns, and social–ecological processes at multiple levels/scales. Drawing on common resource use (public land and water) in the Southern Great Plains, we show how governance impacts human land-use/land-cover change (LULCC) decisions (LA) and how such LULCC patterns influence, and are influenced by, underlying ecological processes (LE). We provide a means to investigate feedback between the different system components in a CHANS that subsequently impact future human design decisions. View this paper