Valuing Nature Land Allocation Models Phase 1

Lead Research Organisation: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology


To bring together in one place a synthesis of what is available in terms of land allocation models, and to produce a user friendly guide to their strengths and weaknesses. 1. Produce a synthesis report on all the work that has already been done on modelling land use decision making, mainly by DEFRA from 2012 to 2018 and other studies i.e. ADAS report to Committee of Climate change (2016), Comparing strengths and weaknesses of three ecosystem services modelling tools in a diverse UK river catchment by sharp et al (2017) to be prepared by End of February. 2. Circulate a questionnaire to ask if the short listed models or models currently in use by the stakeholders have the capabilities to deal with various User needs as summarised by Dr Amy Binner in "Report to Defra on user needs in relation to Natural Capital / decision support tools". 3. Review through existing land choice guidance to understand end user needs and the process of mapping their need into the models and this will be done by talking to stakeholders and identifying case studies. Potential stakeholders have been identified i.e. DEFRA, Natural England, National Trust and Environment agency. 4. After gaining a better understanding of how decision making process of end users can be mapped to models, discuss with the developers of shortlisted models will be arranged to inform them of the outcome of the Phase 1 work and also to understand the short listed models and assumptions behind them in more detail 5. Scope out Phase 2 of the project. Suggest which models could be tested; suggest potential datasets and case studies that could be used to test the models; gauge interest from modelling / data teams and estimate costs; scope outline for model inter-comparison, modelling protocol, suggested metrics for comparison and proposed analysis of outcomes - and times-scale for Phase 2.


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