Climate Vulnerability and Adaptation: Integrative modeling for coupled natural-human systems: functional models of human decision-making and environmental response feedback loops

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Water Resources Specialty Group, Landscape Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Balcony K, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
Organizers: Gabriel Granco, Marcellus Caldas, Melinda Daniels
Chairs: Gabriel Granco


The Anthropogenic era highlights the need for understanding feedback loops in coupled nature and human (CNH) systems. However, the theoretical and empirical examination of CNH imposes the challenge of integrating diverse modeling traditions from the natural and social sciences. Without functioning integrated models, policymakers and scientists cannot simulate regulatory, incentive, management and educational options to identify viable pathways to sustainability. The goal of this session is to stimulate the advancement of this field through the discussion of functioning integrative modeling approaches used for CNH systems. We invite contributions on the topics of:
• Case studies showing model integration in CNH systems
• Procedures to overcome the data integration issue
• Demonstration of innovative decisions and updates rules for agents (i.e. agents decisions based on cultural values theory)
• Modeling Human decision-making and environmental response feedback loops
• Discussion of implementation of Agent-based models, cellular automata models, and other techniques


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jason Hawes*, Purdue University, Zhao Ma, Associate Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, David Yu, Assistant Professor, Lyles School of Civil Engineering and Department of Political Science, Purdue University, Morey Burnham, Research Assistant Professor of Sociology, Social Work and Criminology, Idaho State University , Understanding farmer adaptation to water scarcity and climate change: Improving decision-making in agent-based models of coupled natural and human systems 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Li Huang*, University of Idaho, Haifeng Liao, University of Idaho, Conservation as an adaption maneuver to freshwater ecosystem services degradation in a semi-arid, agriculturally dominated watershed: An InVEST modeling approach 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Sophie Plassin*, University of Oklahoma, Kellie B. Vaché, Oregon State University, Stephanie Paladino, University of Oklahoma, Kyndra Hanson, University of Oklahoma, Jack R. Friedman, University of Oklahoma, Jennifer Koch, University of Oklahoma, Integrated modeling to address the impacts of climate change and human decision making in the Rio Grande/Bravo basin 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Alex Mayer*, Michigan Technological University, Kelly Jones, Colorado State University, Heidi Asbjornsen, University of New Hampshire, Jacob Salcone, Colorado State University, Carter Berry, Chapman University, Coupled human-natural systems modeling for assessing and improving payment for watershed service programs in Veracruz, México 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Marcellus Caldas*, Kansas State University-Geography, Gabriel Granco, Stroud Water Research center, Melinda Daniels, Stroud Research Center, Jessica Heier-Stamm, Kansas State University, Jason Bergtold, Kansas State University, Modeling Agents’ Decision Processes toward Environmental Policy in an Agricultural Landscape in the Central U.S. Great Plains 20 6:40 PM

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