Nang Rong Projects
The Nang Rong Projects encompass 12 studies that span a period of 20 years in the Nang Rong district in northeast Thailand.' The rapid growth and development of this relatively poor farming district provides the ideal context for understanding changes in social networks, migration, agricultural practices, land use and land cover, and population-environment interactions.' A team of researchers has collected information from more than 50,000 individuals as well as from administrative records, meteorological data, satellite images, and many other sources, to assemble data covering a range of spatial, social, and temporal scales of people, place, and environment. Dozens of studies involving the Nang Rong data have been published, including the impact of international commodity markets on land use in the district; the extension of road networks, settlement patterns and deforestation, and population change.