A WICI talk with UWaterloo's Dr. Derek Robinson, "Discovering the Themes of Complexity Science in Land Use Modelling"
Join us starting at 2 p.m. for coffee and conversation before the lecture begins at 2:30 p.m. If you are unable to attend Dr. Robinson’s talk, a video will be posted on this page 2-3 weeks after the event.
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How humans use land and change what resides on land (e.g., vegetation) can have profound environmental impacts that range from local to global scales. Many social and natural drivers of land use, land management, and land cover change activities are interwoven resulting in a complex land system. To gain an understanding of the actors, their activities, and their ecological impacts in this system requires a combined empirical and modelling approach that systematically reconstructs observed complexity science components of the system. The presented land-use research is situated in the exurban portion of the broader land system. These exurban areas are characterised by highly fragmented human-dominated landscapes comprising a mosaic of natural, agricultural, and low-density residential land uses. Agent-based modelling has proved essential to improving our understanding of the land system by enabling the representation and synthesis of heterogeneity, interaction, aggregation, and other complexity science concepts. The presented research describes agent-based modelling approaches, data collection techniques used to empirically inform agent-based models, and highlights land-use modelling results. The presentation concludes with a look at future research directions with student support available from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to use new equipment attained from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).