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PART I--PANEL REPORT: Executive Summary
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... About a decade ago, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and other research sponsors began providing concerted support of research to understand connections between human population and environmental quality that are mediated by changes in land use. This volume focuses on research in which land use or land cover change is a key mediator of human-environment interactions, in which demographic variables figure prominently among the driving forces investigated, and in which efforts are made to investigate the causal mechanisms by which human population changes affect land use and environmental outcomes.
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... It has shown how the causes of change in forest cover look different depending on how secondary forest is treated in the analysis. Current research challenges include linking social with environmental data, collecting data at the appropriate levels of resolution, achieving comparability of data across sites and time, and moving from descriptive studies to ones that can reasonably be used for causal inference.
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... · Continued investment should be made in existing linked longitudinal data sets and in developing similar datasets at new sites in understudied regions and in places that offer unique research opportunities. · Continued investment is warranted in developing methods for data and process integration.

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