A Spatiotemporal Model of Shifting Cultivation and Forest Cover Dynamics.

TitleA Spatiotemporal Model of Shifting Cultivation and Forest Cover Dynamics.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBrown, D.
ContactAuthorasb@cgiar.org; drb33@cornell.edu
Conference NameNortheast Universities Development Consortium (NEUDC)
Date PublishedJuly 2004
PublisherDepartment of Applied Economics and Management - Cornell University
Conference LocationHEC Montréal, Canada
Keywordsbioeconomic model, nonseparable agricultural household model, shifting cultivation, spatial dynamics, spatial resource modelling, spatiotemporal modelling, subsistence agriculture, sustainable resource use
AbstractThis paper describes a spatiotemporal model of resource extraction adapted to the use of forest resources by shifting cultivators. In contrast to other models of spatial resource exploitation, decision criteria depend on a nonseparable agricultural household model extended to accommodate both the temporal and spatial dimensions. The paper focuses on the theoretical issues related to modelling shifting cultivation. It concludes with a brief discussion of the development and implementation of a simulation model based on the theoretical approach described herein.