Mapping Socio-biodiversity: Do Old Modelling Tools Suit New Challenges?

Sónia Carvalho Ribeiro, William Leles da Costa, Amanda Ribeiro de Oliveira, Danilo da Silveira Figueira, Isabella Lorenzini da Silva Teixeira, Lilian Aline Machado, Herman Rodrigues Oliveira, Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho


This work shows an original use of classical methods in land change modelling. The aim of this study is to model yields (productivity) and economic importance (annual rents) of rubber and Brazil nut in the Brazilian Amazon. Biophysical variables related to rubber and Brazil nut yields as well as market access (commercialization) were used to model favorability of productivity using Weights of Evidence (WofE) method. To favorability of productivity were assigned yields base on case study data. The economic model then combines the map of yields with output prices and costs of collection, processing, and transport to estimate annual rents per hectare for a specific forest plot. For estimating transport costs we used cost friction surface modelling tools. Our results show that yields for Brazil nut averages 8.19±7.41 kg ha-1year-1 and rent averages US$ 5.05±7.49 ha-1year-1. Rubber average yields is of 3.53 kg/ha/year and rubber rents average US$ 0.56±0.7ha-1year-1. Coupling biophysical and economic models allowed us to explore which environmental and governance improvements are needed to avoid deforestation and forest degradation in the Brazilian Amazon. Our results also show that despite some methodological issues and the recurrent call for “new” modelling approaches for addressing the complexity of socio ecological systems, “old” modelling tools such as Weight of Evidence and Cost Friction Surface, are still suited for addressing the challenge of mapping socio-biodiversity.


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Carvalho Ribeiro S., Leles da Costa W., Ribeiro de Oliveira A., da Silveira Figueira D., Lorenzini da Silva Teixeira I., Aline Machado L., Rodrigues Oliveira H. and Silveira Soares Filho B. (2017). Mapping Socio-biodiversity: Do Old Modelling Tools Suit New Challenges? . In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS, ISBN 978-989-758-252-3, pages 335-340. DOI: 10.5220/0006383903350340

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author={Sónia Carvalho Ribeiro and William Leles da Costa and Amanda Ribeiro de Oliveira and Danilo da Silveira Figueira and Isabella Lorenzini da Silva Teixeira and Lilian Aline Machado and Herman Rodrigues Oliveira and Britaldo Silveira Soares Filho},
title={Mapping Socio-biodiversity: Do Old Modelling Tools Suit New Challenges?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management - Volume 1: GAMOLCS,
TI - Mapping Socio-biodiversity: Do Old Modelling Tools Suit New Challenges?
SN - 978-989-758-252-3
AU - Carvalho Ribeiro S.
AU - Leles da Costa W.
AU - Ribeiro de Oliveira A.
AU - da Silveira Figueira D.
AU - Lorenzini da Silva Teixeira I.
AU - Aline Machado L.
AU - Rodrigues Oliveira H.
AU - Silveira Soares Filho B.
PY - 2017
SP - 335
EP - 340
DO - 10.5220/0006383903350340