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A discrete simulation approach to spatial allocation of commodity production for revenue optimisation over a local region

Benke, K.K., Wyatt, R.G. and Sposito, V.A. 2011, A discrete simulation approach to spatial allocation of commodity production for revenue optimisation over a local region, Journal of spatial science, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 89-101, doi: 10.1080/14498596.2011.567417.

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Title A discrete simulation approach to spatial allocation of commodity production for revenue optimisation over a local region
Author(s) Benke, K.K.
Wyatt, R.G.
Sposito, V.A.
Journal name Journal of spatial science
Volume number 56
Issue number 1
Start page 89
End page 101
Total pages 13
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 1449-8596
Keyword(s) allocation
decision support
planning
regional studies
simulation
Summary A simulation approach is described for the spatial allocation of crops across a region in order to maximise total revenue. The model uses inputs from GIS-based land suitability analysis to provide data on yields for a range of commodities, where the land suitability for the crops can be determined by either biophysical models or multi-criteria analysis. The objective of the study was to gain some indication of the magnitude of improvement possible in revenue, based on the convergence results for the optimisation (subject to estimated production quantities and market prices). The basic structure of the model allows for scaling up to larger problems with additional inputs and finer cell resolution. The software produces a visualisation of crop spatial allocation across the region and is compatible with statistical uncertainty analysis. The results of model simulations revealed a significant increase in revenue is possible using this approach and, when projected over the full region, suggests the possibility of significant economic benefits.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14498596.2011.567417
Field of Research 049999 Earth Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063539

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