Scenario modelling to support industry strategic planning and decision making

Greiner, Romy, Puig, Javier, Huchery, Cindy, Collier, Neil, and Garnett, Stephen T. (2014) Scenario modelling to support industry strategic planning and decision making. Environmental Modelling & Software, 55. pp. 120-131.

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Abstract

The Pastoral Properties Futures Simulator (PPFS) is a dynamic systems model, developed within a participatory action research partnership with the pastoral industry of Australia's Northern Territory. The model was purpose-built to support the industry's strategic planning capacity in the face of environmental, market and institutional uncertainty. The mediated modelling process sought to maximise social learning of industry stakeholders. Simulations were conducted using scenarios representing combinations of climatic, market, institutional and technological assumptions. Stochastic parameters included rainfall and product prices. Economic and environmental performance of model farms, including greenhouse gas emissions, were estimated. A critical evaluation of the tool finds the PPFS fit for purpose. However, limitations include lack of output validation, small number of scenarios and simplistic treatment of environmental impact dimensions. With further development, the PPFS can provide a platform (a) to assist with industry planning across the whole of Northern Australia and beyond, and (b) for policy analysis and development in the context of the Australian pastoral industry.

Item ID: 38244
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-6726
Keywords: dynamic simulation model; scenario planning; participatory action research; mediated modelling; validation; pastoral industry; Australia
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© 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. Open access under CC BY-NC-ND license.

Funders: Australian Government Caring for Our Country Program
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2015 01:39
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070102 Agricultural Land Planning @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830301 Beef Cattle @ 40%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified @ 60%
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