Modelling environmental and economic impacts of agricultural management practices
OBJECTIVE: Integrate three models that estimate economic and environmental outcomes of farm management. DETAILS: Interested in the environmental footprint of your food? Researchers use models to estimate environmental impacts of farming, but it’s difficult to assess multiple impacts simultaneously, especially whilst also considering economic viability. Here, the student will set up a single data-entry system which feeds data to three existing models (estimating profit, soil quality, carbon emissions, nitrate leaching). This will enable simultaneous estimation of multiple endpoints and thereby assessment of trade-offs/synergies, allowing identification of the most environmentally sound management. This is a stand-alone part of an existing project and, with guidance and support, the student will have responsibility for designing and implementing this system. If desired, the student could then estimate outcomes for various farm management strategies. The student will undertake a week of fieldwork, gaining a clear understanding of how field data feeds into downstream modelling work.