Role of Economics in W&W Project and in Climate Change Projects. Explain how land use patterns evolve over time Forecast future land use change Determine how different policies might produce different future land use patterns. How Do Different Approaches to Modeling Land Use Change Compare?.
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policies do not dictate outcomes; they provide incentives/disincentives or constraints on individuals’ decisions.
you can’t predict future land use outcomes under varying policies.
If you don’t know how policies affect individuals’ decisions…
None can be incorporated in current cellular automata models,
but can be incorporated in models of economic decision making.
Determine spatially-explicit scenarios, taking into account the following dynamic elements: