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This paper presents the concept and theoretical specification of a multi-agent based model for spatio-temporal simulation of a coupled human–landscape system. The model falls into the class of all agents, where the human population and the landscape environment are all self-organized interactive agents. The model framework is represented by four components:(More)
The objective of this article is to apply fuzzy set and interpolation techniques for land suitability evaluation for maize in Northern Ghana. Land suitability indices were computed at point observations using the Semantic Import (SI) model, whereas spatial interpolation was carried out by block kriging. Interpolated land suitability shows a high correlation(More)
The Volta basin in West Africa is situated mainly in Ghana and Burkina Faso. An overview of the hydrology of the basin and present trends in water demands is presented. The GLOWA-Volta research project is introduced. The scientific challenge of the project is to quantitatively link models from all relevant disciplines to create a decision support system for(More)
institutions that shared the burden of hosting me was heart warming and very rewarding. The opinions expressed in this paper are strictly those of the authors. Land Decline in Land‐Rich Africa The Science Council of the CGIAR encourages fair use of this material provided proper citation is made.
a r t i c l e i n f o We outline several diversity factors that modellers and models can include directly or indirectly in order to improve the accuracy and usefulness of the model. Without considering these factors, different types of diversity deficit can arise. These deficits can be considered in three domains: 1) in the real world where actual diversity(More)
Article history: Available online xxxx Keywords: Urban segregation Urban complexity Social simulation Agent-based model Brazil a b s t r a c t Urban segregation represents a significant barrier to achieving social inclusion in cities. To mitigate this problem, it is necessary to implement policies founded upon a better understanding of segregation dynamics.(More)
This paper describes three fundamental pitfalls or caveats of empirical modeling of land-use decision making in agent-based models for land-use/cover change. A case study in the villages of Jambi Province (Sumatra), Indonesia, is presented to demonstrate the construction of empirical decision-making models using utility functions while taking into account(More)
Keywords: Agent-based model Ecosystem services trade-offs Household decision making Payments for ecosystem services (PES) PES conditionality Land-use/cover change a b s t r a c t Rubber agroforests in the mostly deforested lowlands of Sumatra, Indonesia are threatened by conversion into monoculture rubber or oil palm plantations. We applied an agent-based(More)
Results from agent-based or multi-agent simulation (AB/MAS) modelling can provide relevant information for policy makers, scientists and stakeholders about the boundary conditions of rural development and the uncertainties involved in land-use/cover change (LUCC). However, the process of model validation that can build trust in the outcomes for new(More)