ASSIST senario exploration tool (ASSET)

The purpose of the ASSET tool is to explore the impacts of potential changes in the way we use the UK countryside. It can be used to compare the ways in which future changes in the types of land we have (e.g. farmland, grassland, forest) and the way we use them (e.g. which crops we grow, what we use our forests for) might affect society and the environment. ASSET was built to explore scenarios of future changes at broad national and regional scales. Scenarios are plausible storylines about the future - rather than attempting to predict exactly what will happen, the aim of scenarios is to better understand the range of potential outcomes and trade-offs between different responses. This is important for informing people about the impacts of possible changes and contributes to develop management strategies and policies.
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