Modelling Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry in Climate Change: A Review of Major Approaches

57 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2012

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Melania Michetti

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici

Date Written: August 2, 2012

Abstract

The rapid development of climate policies and the need to understand the dynamics of climate change have highlighted and shaped the role of land use, land-use change and forestry dynamics (LULUCF), making it an issue of global importance. As a consequence, LULUCF has become a central topic in economic theory and in environmental sciences. The attention is focused on creating and expanding comprehensive global land-use datasets and on improving the modelling strategies allowing for an extensive representation of the land-use system. However, this is a relatively new research field and the development of this challenging process is likely to require greater effort in the years to come. By adopting a straightforward model classification, this paper provides a broad, but detailed, overview of the most representative methods and models developed to date. This summary will guide a critical discussion on relevant methodological aspects related to the global modelling of land use and its changes. An additional focus is placed on the representation of forest-carbon sequestration within climate mitigation, which represents one of the most demanding issues from a modelling perspective.

Keywords: land, land-use change modelling, agriculture, forestry

JEL Classification: Q23, Q24, Q51, Q54

Suggested Citation

Michetti, Melania, Modelling Land Use, Land-Use Change, and Forestry in Climate Change: A Review of Major Approaches (August 2, 2012). FEEM Working Paper No. 46.2012, CMCC Research Paper No. 133, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2122298 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2122298

Melania Michetti (Contact Author)

Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

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Bologna, 40127
Italy

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