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Current status and key questions in Landscape Decision making


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3rd July 2019 to 5th July 2019
Paula Harrison Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Peter Cox University of Exeter

Workshop Theme 

Land is a key limiting resource in many regions of the world, including the UK. Society depends on land resources for many purposes, including urban settlement, employment and transportation, as well as a host of benefits we get from nature (ecosystem services) - food, timber, energy, recreation, and aesthetic benefits. We require these land resources to be resilient to environmental change, and to meet increasing demands for not only housing, but also renewable energy, recreation and climate change mitigation.  Land-use therefore connects many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In the UK, EU exit will require the introduction of many new policies connected to land-use (e.g. replacing the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, etc) – implying an urgent need to develop better landscape decision tools. The one-month INI programme explores the mathematical and statistical challenges associated with making use of the latest observations to understand and project land-use changes.  Questions to be addressed will include: what is the minimal useful representation of the landscape system? How do we robustly model the coupled human-environment system without assuming that people act as perfectly rational economic agents? Where are the non-linearities and sensitivities of the system, and how could these be used to produce transformative changes in land-use? How do we reconcile scale disconnects between different elements of human-environment systems?  

This three-day workshop will open the INI research programme, focusing on reviewing the state-of-the-art in modelling land systems and identifying key knowledge gaps where collaboration between different environmental, mathematical and social science disciplines may lead to new insights, methods and tools. The first day of the workshop will be open to stakeholders to set the scene on current decision-making approaches and to define policy-relevant areas where advances in the state-of-the-art would be particularly valuable.

Participants in the workshop will include a highly interdisciplinary mix of both academic and non-academic researchers and stakeholders working on land-related research and policy questions. These will include (but not be limited to) participants interested in agriculture, forestry, water resources and biodiversity, as well as mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists expert in system modelling, uncertainty quantification and decision making who are also interested in these wide ranging applied questions.

The workshop programme will be available soon. Days 2 and 3 of the workshop will consist of both talks and panel discussions covering the following topics:

  • "Decision-making in the face of uncertainty"
  • Modelling social/human processes in landscapes
  • Model coupling
  • Spatial/temporal scaling
  • Non-linearities and tipping points
  • Benchmarking, calibration and uncertainty (including the role of model emulation)

Deadline for applications: 31st March 2019

EBD programme participants DO NOT need to apply, programme participants with visit dates during EBDW01 will automatically be added to the attendee list.

Please note members of Cambridge University are welcome to turn up and sign in as a non-registered attendee on the day(s) during the workshop and attend the lecture(s). Please note that we cannot provide you with any support including name badge, meals or accommodation.

In addition to visiting the INI, there are multiple ways in which you can participate remotely.

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Registration Only    
  • Registration Package: £142
  • Student Registration Package: £112

The Registration Package includes admission to all seminars, lunches and refreshments on the days that lectures take place (Wednesday - Friday)., wine reception and formal dinner, but does not include other meals or accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation
  • Accommodation Package: £432

The Accommodation Package includes a registration fee, bed and breakfast accommodation at Robinson College from the evening of Tuesday 2nd July 2019 to breakfast on Saturday 6th July 2019, together with lunches and refreshments during the days that lectures take place (Wednesday - Friday). The formal dinner is also included, but no other evening meals.

Formal Dinner Only
  • Formal Dinner: £50

Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event. For all remaining participants who would like to attend, such as programme participants, the above charge will apply.


Accommodation in single study bedrooms with shared facilities and breakfast are provided at Robinson College.



Lunch timings and location will be confirmed with timetable.

Evening Meal

Participants are free to make their own arrangements for dinner.

Formal Dinner

The Formal Dinner date and location will be confirmed with timetable. Participants on the Accommodation Package or Registration Package, including organisers and speakers, are automatically included in this event.

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