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Management and Decision-Making on Landuse, Forestry, Ecosystems

Field of wheat, North Dakota. UN Photo: Forte, CC Flickr

Natural Resource Management: Challenges and Policy Options

Contact: Jessica Coria and Thomas Sterner

STAKE Practices and barriers of stakeholder interaction – challenges for research projects

Environmental and climate research projects often consider Stakeholder Interaction (SI) as highly important. However, it is not clearly spelled out how this interaction should be organized. If we seriously believe that science should play a vital role in policy making, then we also need to develop outreach strategies that are grounded both in the goals of specific research projects as well as in research on SI. The objectives of this one-year project are to 1) develop a conceptual model for SI in research processes, 2) identify barriers for SI, and 3) create procedures to facilitate researchers’ reflections and learning on SI.
Read more about the STAKE project here

Contact: Ullrika Sahlin

Involved researchers: Åsa Knaggård, Juliana Dänhardt, Daniel Slunge, Anders Ekbom

Modelling Anthropogenic Landscape Change

Both ecologists and economists use models to study environmental problems. These need to be combined if the models are to be helpful for finding solutions. Pure ecological models ignore the human dimension of landscape management and pure economic models the ecological dimension.

The aim of this project is to drive the integration of ecological and economic models, thereby facilitating the interdisciplinary research that is needed for addressing climate change related problems.
Read more about the project here

Contact: Mark Brady

Agent-based land use modelling for management of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agriculture

Climate change is expected to affect Swedish agriculture in multiple ways, from greater volatility in prices to changes in growing conditions and greater frequency of adverse weather events. We investigate how climate change will affect the potential for crop growth in Sweden in the future, and the role of land use for biogeochemical cycling and emission of green house and trace gases using LPJ-GUESS. By using Agent Based Modelling (ABM) we develop ecological-economic models for evaluating the implications of climate change for agriculture and agri-environmental policy.
Read more about the project here

Contact: Mark Brady and Ronggang Cong (CEC)

Agent-based modelling of multi-level decision making in Swedish forestry

This research area focuses on understanding the decision-making of forest-sector actors, from individual to regional and national policy levels, in response to impacts of climate change on forest production, damages and management costs, as well as non-economic forest ecosystem services, such as biodiversity values. The project uses agent-based models to represent the actors, their interactions and responses to external forces, as a tool for analysing and visualising the potential consequences of alternative scenarios and policies on forest landscapes and their ecological and economic outcomes. The project brings together ecological economic modelling with process-based modelling of forest production, dynamics and damages, as well as policy analysis.

This research is carried out in collaboration with the Mistra-SWECIA programme.