Relentless population growth worldwide has significantly modified savanna landscapes. ‘Changing patterns in the landscape’ considers how landscape changes differ in Latin America, Africa, and Australasia. The appearance of many savannas has been greatly affected by evolving land use. Many of the landscapes in the New World have only been occupied for relatively short lengths of time and settled only in the most favourable locations. The Old World by contrast, from Africa through India and East Asia to Australia, has experienced a long history of nomadic movement and occupation. The growth of cities in the savanna and the greatly increased pace of urbanization have placed enormous pressures on this land.