Integrated Analysis of Land Use and Water Quality: Economic, Hydrological and Policy Analysis

Principal Investigator - Dr. Ian J. Bateman, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, 2013-2017


This research project has held several key end-user oriented meetings and workshops:

  • Bateman, I. (2014). Development and use of modeling techniques for improving decision making, particularly as it relates to the food, water, environment and energy nexus. Full day workshop at the Department for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affiars (Defra).
  • Report to Government. Monthly meetings held at Defra to discuss project related research needs and contributions.

Additionally, this research has been disseminated through several presentations:

  • Bateman, I.J., Day, B.H., Agarwala, M., Bacon, P., Ba─Ćura, T., Binner, A., De-Gol, A.J., Ditchburn, B., Dugdale, S., Emmett, B., Ferrini, S., Fezzi, C., Harwood, A., Hillier, J., Hiscock, K., Hulme, M., Jackson, B., Lovett, A.,  Mackie, E., Matthews, R., Sen, A., Siriwardena, G., Smith, P., Snowdon, P., Sünnenberg, G., Vetter, S. and  Vinjili, S. (2014) Bringing the environment into economic decision making: Optimising land use across the UK, presented at The 5th World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE), Istanbul, Turkey, 28th June to 2nd July 2014.
  • Bateman, I. presented work at ENVECON - the premier environmental economic research conference in the UK.

This research has resulted in scholarly journal publications and end-user reports:

  • Bateman et al. (In Preparation). Spatially explicit integrated modeling and economic valuation of climate change induced land use change and its indirect effects


Outcomes include:

  • The research undertaken in this project is highly interdisciplinary, combining hydrology, ecology and economics. Developing integrated modelling techniques across these fields of expertise builds important relationships between researchers from multiple institutions. These networks are expected to form the basis of future research projects as well.
  • Through regular engagement with government departments (Defra, Environment Agency, etc) the project builds and reinforces an ongoing process of stakeholder consultation and engagement. A chief benefit is that end-users communicate their research needs as projects are developed, resulting in outputs that are more likely to be utilized and can serve to improve decision making.
  • By integrating analyses of climate change, land use change, water quality and ecological status, and by linking these to changes in the economic value of ecosystem services, the project facilitates consistent comparisons of trade-offs. This is a useful tool for policy evaluation and it is anticipated that this project will result in a change in practice.