Journal article

Balancing the economic, social and environmental dimensions of agro-ecosystems: An integrated modeling approach

Yongping Wei, Brian Davidson, Deli Chen, Robert White

AGRICULTURE ECOSYSTEMS & ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2009

Abstract

There is an increasing need to view agro-ecosystems and to identify remedial management practices in a holistic way. An integrated model based on the driving force-pressure-state-impact-response approach was developed as a tool to assess the effects of policies for improving decision making for the sustainability of agro-ecosystems. An economic model was linked to a process-based biophysical model by a meta-model. Then, a holistic indicator-based impact assessment system was linked to the integrated model to assess policy instruments. The integrated model was applied in the intensive irrigated wheat-maize cropping system of the North China Plain in which water and nitrogen fertilizer managem..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)


Awarded by Australia-China Special Fund


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are indebted to the Australian Centre of International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) (project no: LWR/2003/039) and the Australia-China Special Fund (project no: CH06136) for their financial support.