ERAMMP Quick Start Tools provide rapid scenario testing for Welsh Government to predict environment outcomes of changing demand for agricultural products under different post-Brexit trade deals, and hence to assess potential agri-environment policies and incentive schemes for Wales.
ERAMMP Quick Start Tools use the same concepts and coefficients as ERAMMP-IMP (see separate entry) but were developed using separate model code (Python toolboxes instead of R scripts) and tools (to predict spatial pattern of land use change) not used in IMP. ERAMMP Quick Start Tools: (a) use changes in demand for agricultural products to predict spatial patterns of land use change; (b) predict impacts of land use change on peatland greenhouse gas emissions; and (c) map opportunities to increase habitat connectivity. Outputs of the Tools have been used by other models in the Welsh Government ERAMMP project to value changes in ecosystem services and predict impacts on bird biodiversity.
ERAMMP Quick Start Tools were developed rapidly for Welsh Government during the Brexit negotiations in 2019, with around 1 person-year spent on tool development and parameterisation (including ongoing work since the initial implementation). Some components have been adapted or re-parameterised for further use in ERAMMP-IMP (see separate entry): habitat connectivity model; impacts of land use change on peatland greenhouse gas emissions; data cube approaches.
The unique feature of ERAMMP Quick Start Tools is their capability to rapidly create land use change scenarios at field scale.
ERAMMP Quick Start Tools methods and scenarios were developed by UKCEH with Welsh Government and implemented using input data from ADAS (an ERAMMP consortium partner).
ERAMMP Quick Start Tools are available at no cost for non-commercial use by request to the model owner; under condition that Welsh Government, ERAMMP and UKCEH are credited for developing the tool.
Development of ERAMMP Quick Start Tools was funded by Welsh Government and UKCEH.
ERAMMP Quick Start Tools are used by UKCEH under contract to Welsh Government. The land use change allocation tool is also used by the EU Horizon 2020 programme ReGREEN to design nature based solutions, including green spaces, for six cities in Europe and China.