Critical Sustainability Transitions: Relaunching local agriculture after decline (Model code and description)

Critical Sustainability Transitions: Relaunching local agriculture after decline (Model code and description) (1.0.0)

This model simulates the dynamics of agricultural land use change, specifically the transition between agricultural and non-agricultural land use in a spatial context. It explores the influence of various factors such as agricultural profitability, path dependency, and neighborhood effects on land use decisions.

The model operates on a grid of patches representing land parcels. Each patch can be in one of two states: exploited (green, representing agricultural land) or unexploited (brown, representing non-agricultural land). Agents (patches) transition between these states based on probabilistic rules. The main factors affecting these transitions are agricultural profitability, path dependency, and neighborhood effects. -Agricultural Profitability: This factor is determined by the prob-agri function, which calculates the probability of a non-agricultural patch converting to agricultural based on income differences between agriculture and other sectors. -Path Dependency: Represented by the path-dependency parameter, it influences the likelihood of patches changing their state based on their current state. It’s a measure of inertia or resistance to change. -Neighborhood Effects: The neighborhood function calculates the number of exploited (agricultural) neighbors of a patch. This influences the decision of a patch to convert to agricultural land, representing the influence of surrounding land use on the decision-making process.

Release Notes

This is the first version of a model conceived for an academic article. It will be adapted according on demand by reviewers.

Associated Publications

To be provided later.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.comses.net/codebases/7d757e75-8ca6-4f19-b861-2eeae28615cb/releases/1.0.0