On the role of individuals in models of coupled human and natural systems: Lessons from a case study in the Republican River Basin

@article{Nol2017OnTR,
  title={On the role of individuals in models of coupled human and natural systems: Lessons from a case study in the Republican River Basin},
  author={Paul H. No{\"e}l and Ximing Cai},
  journal={Environmental Modelling and Software},
  year={2017},
  volume={92},
  pages={1-16}
}
In models of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS), the role of individuals and human behavior is often overlooked as data are scarce and assumptions hard to verify. To assess this role, we couple an agent-based model simulating farmers' behavior and a groundwater model and apply the models to the case of groundwater-fed irrigation in a river basin in the High Plains Aquifer region. Results show the crucial role of human behavior in driving the interactions between these coupled systems… CONTINUE READING