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An integrated economic, environmental and social approach to agricultural land-use planning


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Shahpari, S ORCID: 0000-0003-3468-276X, Allison, J, Harrison, MT ORCID: 0000-0001-7425-452X and Stanley, R ORCID: 0000-0002-2279-5022 2021 , 'An integrated economic, environmental and social approach to agricultural land-use planning' , Land, vol. 10, no. 4 , pp. 1-18 , doi: 10.3390/land10040364.

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Agricultural land-use change is a dynamic process that varies as a function of social, economic and environmental factors spanning from the local to the global scale. The cumulative regional impacts of these factors on land use adoption decisions by farmers are neither well accounted for nor reflected in agricultural land use planning. We present an innovative spatially explicit agent-based modelling approach (Crop GIS-ABM) that accounts for factors involved in farmer decision making on new irrigation adoption to enable land-use predictions and exploration. The model was designed using a participatory approach, capturing stakeholder insights in a conceptual model of farmer decisions. We demonstrate a case study of the factors influencing the uptake of new irrigation infrastructure and land use in Tasmania, Australia. The model demonstrates how irrigated land-use expansion promotes the diffusion of alternative crops in the region, as well as how coupled social, biophysical and environmental conditions play an important role in crop selection. Our study shows that agricultural land use reflected the evolution of multiple simultaneous interacting biophysical and socio-economic drivers, including soil and climate type, crop and commodity prices, and the accumulated effects of interactive decisions of farmers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Shahpari, S and Allison, J and Harrison, MT and Stanley, R
Keywords: land use changes, spatial agent-based modelling, stakeholder insights, irrigation expansion
Journal or Publication Title: Land
Publisher: Molecular Diversity Preservation International
ISSN: 2073-445X
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/land10040364
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Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (

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