Stuart Hamilton

Stuart Hamilton

Research Interest

The study of land use change is inherently geographic. The basis for almost all LUCC(Land Use Cover Change) analysis is EOS (Earth Observing Systems) and is investigated by geographers with RS and GIS expertise. The EOS shed light on the magnitude and location of change but a wider geographic approach is required to discover the driving and mitigating factors of LUCC I believe that the importance of combining EOS with other disciplines and databases is paramount if society is to address the grand environmental challenges of our time. EOS have provided geographers with the understanding of environmental land use changes, yet for our society to meet the current environmental challenges we must build upon this knowledge to improve our understanding of vulnerabilities and risks associated with environmental change and develop scientific mitigation strategies which result in equitable socio-economic development. These are the principles that drive my research into tropical land use change in the developing world. Only by documenting land use change, investigating the inputs driving land use change, and analyzing the results of the change, can some of the major environmental questions of our time be answered.