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Teams of investigators continue to study the rapid social and economic changes in Nang Rong over the past several decades and the resulting effects on social networks, human behavior, and the environment. New tools and partnerships combine with the unmatched data collected over two decades from Nang Rong to yield exciting research opportunities, explore people-environment relationships, and project models of land use for the next generation.

Simulating of Land Use Dynamics in Southeast Asia: A Cellular Automaton Approach (2001 - 2005)
This project, using a temporally, substantively rich case study, is developing cellular automaton (CA) procedures to predict a spatially explicit model-based simulation of future land use and land cover change scenarios for Nang Rong, Thailand, and the broader region surrounding Nang Rong, including Cambodia, China, and Vietnam.

Simulating Complexity in a Dynamic Landscape (2001 - 2005)
This research uses unique multi-thematic and spatially explicit data combined with expert knowledge, a set of analytic results, and dynamic modeling approaches to describe, explain, and explore the consequences of land cover and land use change in Nang Rong.

Social Networks and Migration (1999 - 2004)
This research explores interrelationships among migration, contraceptive choice, and social networks in Nang Rong district.

Population, Land Use and Health in Frontier Regions
This research brings together seven research teams working on characterizations, explanations, and predictions of land use change in frontier regions around the globe.

  Last Modified: 03/22/2006 UNC Carolina Population Center