Accounting for institutional quality in global forest modeling

Wehkamp J, Pietsch S, Fuss S, Gusti M, Reuter W, Koch N, Kindermann G, & Kraxner F (2018). Accounting for institutional quality in global forest modeling. Environmental Modelling & Software 102: 250-259. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2018.01.020.

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Abstract

The current state of the art in modeling forest cover change is to combine a detailed representation of biophysical processes with economic decision-making principles. Yet, there is an increasing consensus that the quality of political institutions is another relevant component in determining forest cover change patterns.

In this paper, the Global Forest Model is used to analyze whether including an index, measuring the capacity of political institutions to guarantee sustainable natural resource management, allows to improve the precision of the modeled forest cover trend. The analysis shows that incorporating the index indeed allows reducing the gap between the estimated and observed forest cover trends for the 2000 to 2010 calibration period.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Global Forest Model; Forest cover change modeling; Institutional capacity for natural resource management
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 07:11
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 07:11
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15124

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