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Land Use

Land Use (GEOG)

map"Land" is where "soil" and "people" meet; and there are often competing demands for land, for example, agriculture, forestry, rangeland, conservation, settlement, and recreation. Demographic and socioeconomic changes, the increasing needs for food and housing and changes in national policies are resulting in extensive and intensive land use changes.  Land use change has implications for biodiversity, water quality, air qualitiy and human livelihoods.  Further, while much land use change takes place locally, its implications can be regional and global, for example land use change plays an important role in global biogeochemical cycling. For all these reasons, the study of land use is becoming increasingly important and requires a multidisciplinary approach. This concentration provides students with a background in the ecological, cultural, regional, and international dimensions of land use, while developing broad technical skills in Geographic Information Science and remote sensing. As a result, this concentration prepares students for positions in land use planning, sustainable land development, and land conservation. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Land Use (pdf.) 

Advising & Registration

Advising in GEOG is a two-step process.   

  1. Complete the Faculty Mentor Sheet, and make an appointment with your assigned faculty mentor.  Be prepared by bringing you completed Faculty Mentor Sheet AND your ENSP advising checklist.
  2. Meet with Dr. Amanda Hoffman-Hall (2181M LEF) to have your advising block removed.  Begin this process at least 2 weeks early to be sure you can register on time! 

 

Land Use Faculty Mentors:

              justice

Dr. Chris Justice (cjustice@umd.edu)

Please contact his assistant, Mary Mitkish (mmitkish@umd.edu), or call 301-405-1600. Suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so she can e-mail back to confirm one of them.  

 

Silva

Dr. Julie Silva (jasilva@umd.edu).

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Silva at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so she can e-mail back to confirm one of them

Skakun

Dr. Sergii Skakun (skakun@umd.edu)

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Skakun at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so he can e-mail back to confirm one of them

Feng

Dr. Kuishuang Feng (kfeng@umd.edu)

For appointments:  Please e-mail Dr. Feng at and suggest 2-3 different days/times that work for you, so he can e-mail back to confirm one of them