What is the Landscape Futures Program?
The Landscape Futures Program is in the realm of complex systems science.
The life sustaining system of a landscape is composed of many interacting and dependant components. Understanding this complexity and the major interactions is essential for wise and sustainable management. Landscape futures science is developing tools for integrated solutions to manage natural resources.
Australia's natural resources are declining due to increasing pressures, including climate change, urbanization, and intensive agriculture. These problems are being addressed through regional plans which attempt to prioritize among a range of possible actions, often using a limited and inadequate information base.
Landscape futures science is developing tools to manage whole landscapes and ecosystems, and to select the most effective management actions. The Landscape Futures Program of The University of Adelaide brings together a talented and dedicated group of researchers to develop tools and research projects to provide answers to crucial questions around the issue of sustainable management of our precious natural resources.