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The need (and opportunity) for improved modelling of land use decision-making

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EBDW01 - Current status and key questions in Landscape Decision making

Computational modelling is a key tool in efforts to understand the dynamics of socio-ecological systems. Many models, however, tightly constrain those dynamics by making assumptions about economic equilibrium and optimisation in social systems, and mean-field or trend-based behaviour in ecological systems. Recent research has revealed that, contrary to these assumptions, small-scale behavioural processes shape the dynamics and interactions in socio-ecological systems across scales. Concurrently, data resources and computational tools have advanced to the point that simulation of these processes is increasingly feasible. I will present some recent advances, opportunities and challenges for simulating the role of human behaviour in land use change, building on conceptual and computational examples from both ecology and social science.

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