Monday, September 16, 2013

Land-use, livelihood strategies, and sustainability

People interested in exploring the connections between land-use, livelihood strategies, and sustainability should check out Nicholas Magliocca from the Agent-Based Virtual Labs blog who  has a new a paper entitled " Exploring Agricultural Livelihood Transitions with an Agent-Based Virtual Laboratory: Global Forces to Local Decision-Making" Not only does the paper show the strengths of using agent-based modeling for enriching our understanding of the relationships between agricultural intensity and population density but also highlights how a growing trend in sharing model code and utilizing the ODD protocol for documenting the model which can aid in understanding the model but also for model replication. Its only a shame more modelers don't do this.

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