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Advances in Meteorology
Volume 2014, Article ID 748169, 7 pages
Review Article

Advances in Observation and Estimation of Land Use Impacts on Climate Changes: Improved Data, Upgraded Models, and Case Studies

1Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India
2State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China

Received 28 August 2013; Revised 15 December 2013; Accepted 18 December 2013; Published 12 January 2014

Academic Editor: Burak Güneralp

Copyright © 2014 R. B. Singh and Chenchen Shi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Global land use and land cover pattern has greatly changed in the past 50 years, which exerts direct or indirect influence on the climate change remarkably at both regional and global scales. Therefore, observing and estimating the land use impacts on surface climate is essential and has been continuously promoted by researchers. This paper explores the advancement in the models, data, and application for observing and estimating the land use impacts on surface climate and points out further research needs and priorities, which hopefully will provide some references for related studies.