SimCity meets The Lorax: Simulating Community Forest Management
Student: Maya M. Lapp
Advisor: Dr. Colby Long
As the human population grows and climate change accelerates, sustainable resource use is becoming an international concern. Community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) is a method of conserving resources while simultaneously empowering traditionally marginalized communities. Because classical equation-based modeling fails to capture CBNRM complexity, Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) is becoming the primary method of modeling CBRNM. We evaluate an existing CBNRM ABM, modify the ABM to improve the model’s realism, and analyze the new model. While this model remains imperfect, we hope future work will use the model to help us understand CBNRM and apply this understanding to propagate successful CBNRM systems worldwide.
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Numbers + patterns + structures multiplied by a zest for analysis and inquiryMajor Minor