Exploring the effects of feedbacks on land system behaviour - A complex Adaptive Systems approach

PhD defence

Exploring the effects of feedbacks on land system behaviour - A complex Adaptive Systems approach

PhD candidate Y (Yang) Chen MSc
Promotor dr. MM (Martha) Bakker
prof.dr.ir. AK (Arnold) Bregt
Co-promotor dr.ir. A (Arend) Ligtenberg
Organisation Wageningen University, Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Date

Mon 15 October 2018 16:00 to 17:30

Venue Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Short summary

Land systems are characterised by many feedbacks. They contribute to various nonlinear land system behaviour. This thesis aims to explore and understand the effects of feedbacks on land system behaviour by means of a systematic review, followed by a modelling approach. A series of stylised Agent-Based Models are constructed to understand the effects of feedbacks on tipping points, hysteresis, and land system resilience. Both positive feedback and negative feedback are incorporated in these stylised models to explore how they affect a simple agricultural land use system.