Integrated and spatial modelling

- Integrated and spatial modelling for environmental managementa research area in focus at the Department of Environmental Science (a "Strategic Growth Area", SGA)

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The key motivation for the establishment of the SGA derives from the fact that environmental problems manifest as complex phenomena involving multiple, often nonlinear processes extending over different spatial and temporal scales. At the same time contemporary environmental problems highlight the complex interlinkage between natural environments and human systems. Efforts to thoroughly understand and to effectively tackle these problems therefore need to be grounded in interdisciplinary paradigms drawing on both natural and social science perspectives. In doing so, these efforts need to consider spatial dimension in an explicit manner since environmental problems and the implications of proposed interventions are spatially varied. Rich insights from such efforts are expected to contribute towards better, more effective policies and regulations for environmental, social and economic sustainability at various scales (local, national, regional, and global).

The overarching aim of the SGA is to develop and to apply scientifically robust quantitative models that combine data and methods linking both natural science and social science domains. Research within the SGA seeks to integrate the strengths of and expertise in economic, spatial (especially in relation to land use), hydrological catchment, marine and air quality/pollution modelling, and within nature/biodiversity research.  The integrated and spatial modelling endeavours seek to capture the interdependence between the environmental phenomenon(a) of interest, the impacts and the policy/market/household responses at different spatial scales. In this way the focus of the SGA is on understanding both direct and indirect impacts, feedback mechanisms, as well as intended and unintended side-effect of alternative policy responses. The SGA has a strong interest and expertise in applying spatial analysis in a wide range of environmental subjects. Overall, the SGA places emphasis on undertaking analysis and developing models that are spatially explicit and have clear policy relevance.

Examples of recent and ongoing projects

The projects below are listed according to theme.

Land use

  • LOCUS (allocating agricultural land use to improve biodiversity) 15/09/2008 → 31/12/2012


Ecosystem services

  • BALTICAPP (Wellbeing from the Baltic Sea – applications combining natural science and economics) 1/4/2015 →31/3/2018 (ongoing)
  • EcoFINDERS (Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils) 01/01/2011 → 31/12/2014
  • Koncept udvikling for danske analyser og opgørelser af økosystem tjenester og goder (ECOSYS) (completed)
  • MAES (Mapping, Assessment and Valuation of Ecosystem Services) 01/01/2014 → 31/12/2016
  • Permeable Green City - combining Life Politics, Biodiversity, Citizen Empowerment, and Sustainable Urban Drainage to create an Ecologically and Socially Resilient City 02/09/2014 → 31/12/2016
  • POCACITO (European Post Carbon cities of Tomorrow) 01/01/2014 → 31/12/2016
  • Økosystemtjenester, klimatilpasning og naturkvalitet i forstadslandskabet 15/10/2012→31/12/2013
  • Udvikling af forskningsgrundlaget for en Ecosystem Service tilgang til integrerede analyser af arealanvendelses prioriteringer (Development of the research basis for an ecosystem service approach to integrated analyses of land use prioritisations) 01/08/2012→31/12/2013

Air quality

  • ECLAIRE (Effects of Climate Change on Air Pollution Impacts and Response Strategies for European Ecosystems) 1/10/2011 → 30/09/2015

Climate change

Resource flows

  • Udvikling af analysemetoder for energi- og stofstrømme i forskellige transportløsninger 01/08/2012→31/07/2013 


Integrated and spatial modelling for environmental management - publications within the research area.