Coupled Human and Natural Systems Lab - Janice Lee

The Coupled Human and Natural Systems Lab (CHNS-Lab) is interested in developing research questions that address pertinent environmental challenges in Asia. We are interested in developing research questions that address pertinent environmental challenges in Asia. In the last few decades, Asia's rapid development has brought about large economic benefits. However, not all aspects of society gain from these benefits. Asia's development has also come at a cost to the environment. Here at the CHNS-Lab, we focus on understanding the processes, mechanisms and consequences of land-use and land-cover change in tropical agricultural landscapes through field-based research and desktop analyses. We use a combination of socioeconomic datasets and geospatial information, and analyse this data using statistical models. We aim to derive a deeper understanding of complex socio-ecological systems in the region, and use our research outputs to support policies towards sustainability.

Research Focus

Deforestation risks in commodity supply chains

Tropical peatland management and restoration

Data analytics for land-use processes

Conservation of forests and wildlife in human-modified landscapes

Environmental impacts of dam development

Blog

10 Mar 2021

Palm oil is indispensable to us but it is associated with environmental and social problems, such as land conflicts, deforestation, and haze. Does certifying palm oil help alleviate some of these...

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The production of agricultural commodities such as soy, beef, and palm oil, is linked to distal consumer markets through a complex web of supply chains that span international boundaries.

The transboundary haze pollution is a major source of air pollution to Southeast Asian nations.

Observations of land-use processes are constantly made through the use of sensors in the sky and on the ground.

Blog

10 Mar 2021

Palm oil is indispensable to us but it is associated with environmental and social problems, such as land conflicts, deforestation, and haze. Does certifying palm oil help alleviate some of these...