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

Melania Michetti ()

No 2012.46, Working Papers from Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q23 Q24 Q51 Q54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-06
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