(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Causal relations and land use transformation in the Sahel : conceptual lenses for processes, temporal totality and inertia

published at : Exploring causal relations : the societal effects of climate change

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) Dep. of Geography and Geology, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK
(2) Dept. of Anthropology, Waterworlds Research Centre, Univ., Copenhagen, DANEMARK


Recent developments in the Sahelian land use system are described here using data from empirical case studies conducted in the northernmost region of Burkina Faso over the past 20 years. Specific attention is given to presenting 1) main trends in the transformation of the land use and livelihoods, 2) the co-evolution of possible driving forces that enables and constrains conditions for change and 3) characteristic trajectories of change. Inspired by the notions of process, temporal totality and inertia, the paper suggests employing a portfolio of complementary perspectives to investigate change processes. Four different conceptual lenses to analyze human-environment interaction are proposed and examined (the land change science framework, the double exposure notion, the system dynamics (SD) approach and coupled human-environmental timelines). It is concluded that these conceptual lenses, in concert, can help to put process, in the sense of a sequence of successive stages, in the centre of our understanding of change and causal relationships in human-environmental systems


Thematical fascicle

published at : Geografisk tidsskrift / ISSN 1903-2471

Editor : Det Kongelige Danske Geografiske Selskab, Kobenhavn - DANEMARK (2009)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 112, no 2 [pp. 159-173]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : fig., tabl.




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