Title: Explicating behavioral assumptions in forest scenario modelling – the behavioral matrix approach
Authors: TRUBINS RENATSJONSSON KLASWALLIN IDASALLNÄS OLA
Citation: FOREST POLICY AND ECONOMICS
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC107672
ISSN: 1389-9341
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1389934116303963?via%3Dihub
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC107672
DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.07.001
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Forest landscapes are too complex systems for the actors involved in policy making, including experts, to predict the consequences of different management options and policy measures without the aid of modelling tools. Forest sector models and forest management Decision Support Systems (DSS) are two major types of modelling tools that can be used for providing model-based support to forest policy development. Regardless of the modelling tool, policy makers and other concerned actors need to be aware of the behavioral assumptions, or implications, ofa scenario in orderto proceed to an assessment of what it takes toachieve, alternatively avoid it. A unified method or even a unified understanding of this problem is as yet lacking among forest scenario analysts. This paper presents an approach to facilitate the definition and communication of behavioral assumptions, primarily in DSS-based forest scenario modelling. At the core of the approach is the Behavioral Matrix (BM), a way of structuring forest management specifications. A case study in southern Sweden is presented as an example.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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