Yousefpour, Rasoul3; Jacobsen, Jette Bredahl3; Meilby, Henrik3; Thorsen, Bo Jellesmark4
1 Section for Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Administrative support, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet3 Section for Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet4 Administrative support, Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet
a Bayesian simulation approach
Context: We develop a modelling concept that updates knowledge and beliefs about future climate changes, to model a decision-maker’s choice of forest management alternatives, the outcomes of which depend on the climate condition. Aims: Applying Bayes’ updating, we show that while the true climate trajectory is initially unknown, it will eventually be revealed as novel information become available. How fast the decision-maker will form firm beliefs about future climate depends on the divergence among climate trajectories, the long-term speed of change, and the short-term climate variability. Methods: We simplify climate change outcomes to three possible trajectories of low, medium and high changes. We solve a hypothetical decision-making problem of tree species choice aiming at maximising the land expectation value (LEV) and based on the updated beliefs at each time step. Results: The economic value of an adaptive approach would be positive and higher than a non-adaptive approach if a large change in climate state occurs and may influence forest decisions. Conclusion: Updating knowledge to handle climate change uncertainty is a valuable addition to the study of adaptive forest management in general and the analysis of forest decision-making, in particular for irreversible or costly decisions of long-term impact.
Annals of Forest Science, 2014, Vol 71, Issue 2, p. 301-312