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Unit Overview


This unit introduces methods that integrate science and economics to inform decision making for conservation, natural resource management (NRM) and agriculture. The unit comprises three main components. It discusses the steps in model development and integrated environmental management. Then students are introduced to methods for optimising decisions (mathematical programming). Finally, it demonstrates how these modelling techniques have been applied to real-world planning problems.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) apply simple mathematical models to NRM decisions; (2) understand how management problems can be reinterpreted as mathematical problems; (3) solve their own models using standard software; and (4) comment on model development processes.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class quizzes; (2) completion of tutorials and computer laboratories; and (3) final project report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Maksym Polyakov
Unit rules
any Level 2 ECON unit
or any Level 2 ENVT unit
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
computer labs: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 hour per week
Enrolled students can access unit materials via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Jakeman, A. J. et al. 'Ten Iterative Steps in Development and Evaluation of Environmental Models', Environmental Modelling & Software, 21, pp. 602–614 2006

Jakeman, A. J. et al. Environmental Modelling, Software and Decision Support: State of the Art and New Perspectives: Elsevier Science 2008

Jorgensen, S. E. and Fath, B. Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling: Applications in Environmental Management and Research: Elsevier Science 2011

Loomis, J. B. Integrated Public Lands Management: Principles and Applications to National Forests, Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and BLM Lands: Columbia University Press 2002

Pannell, D. J. Introduction to Practical Linear Programming: John Wiley & Sons 1997

Refsgaard, J. C. et al. 'Uncertainty in the Environmental Modelling Process: A Framework and Guidance', Environmental Modelling & Software, 22, pp. 1543-1556 2007

Voinov, A. and Bousquet, F. 'Modelling with stakeholders', Environmental Modelling & Software, 25, pp. 1268-1281 2010

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