Environmental Policy Frontiers: Dan Brown

Modeling Processes of Land Change and Their Impacts with Agents

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Oct 24, 2012
from 12:10 PM to 01:00 PM



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A variety of approaches has been used to model land use and land cover change over the years, often for the purposes of developing projections that can be coupled with other models of earth system processes.  The advancement of agent-based modeling approaches has facilitated the incorporation of more explicit representations of human and social processes into these models, making them suitable for evaluation of drivers of land change and the effects of interventions.  Drawing from several projects that have involved development, parameterization, and application of agent-based models to land-use systems, Dan Brown will illustrate how we are using these models in conjunction with available data to explore the interactions between individual, household, and institutional decision making and the effects of these interactions on landscape outcomes.  Examples are drawn from projects on carbon dynamics in exurban landscapes in the US, forest resource use in India, and rural agricultural change in China.

Dan_Brown_photoDaniel G. Brown (PhD in Geography, 1992, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan.  His work, published in over 100 refereed articles, chapters, and proceedings papers, has aimed at understanding human-environment interactions through a focus on land-use and land-cover changes, through modeling these changes, and through spatial analysis and remote sensing methods for characterizing landscape patterns. Recent work has used spatial simulation, including agent-based models, to understand and forecast landscape changes.  He has chaired the Land Use Steering Group, under the auspices of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program, and served as a member of the NASA Land Cover and Land Use Change Science Team, on a variety of panels for the National Research Council, NASA, the National Science Foundation and the European Research Council, and on the Editorial Boards for Landscape Ecology, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems and the Journal of Land Use Science. In 2009 he was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Lunch will be provided.  Please register for this talk by October 17th. Please RSVP toHilary Mroczka.

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Davis, CA 95616


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