Integrated Assessment Modelling

Posted on Mon 25 September 2023 in Research

Agricultural Land use

Human land use, especially in the context of agriculture, has far-reaching consequences, not only for the environment but also for the economy. Our Integrated Assessment Models explore the multifaceted impacts of land use practices, and highlight the need for evidence-based assessments to inform policies that promote sustainability and address economic challenges.

Environmental Impact: modelling the effects of agricultural practices is vital, as they can substantially contribute to environmental degradation. These impacts worsen climate change and disrupt ecosystems

Economic Consequences: Adapting to climate change impacts and enhancing mitigation efforts can lead to substantial economic effects that directly affect people's lives, livelihoods, and food security. Therefore, modelling these potential outcomes is crucial to achieving a fair transition towards sustainable natural resource use.

Resource Management: Agriculture is a major consumer of natural resources, including water and arable land. Sustainable land use modelling helps optimize resource allocation, ensuring efficient utilization while minimizing waste and environmental harm. This, in turn, has economic benefits by reducing resource scarcity and associated costs.

Policy Solutions: To address these complex challenges, integrated assessments like those conducted by the FUSION modelling group are essential. By considering the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of land use, these assessments provide a holistic view of the issues at hand. They enable policymakers and researchers to develop strategies that promote sustainable land use, protect the environment, enhance food security, and ensure economic prosperity.

Interdisciplinary Approach: The FUSION modelling group exemplifies the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. By bringing together experts from various fields, such as environmental science, economics, and agriculture, a more comprehensive understanding of the issues surrounding land use and its economic impacts can be achieved. This "whole system" perspective is invaluable in creating effective and sustainable solutions.