Christopher Lant is Professor of Geography and Environmmental Resources, co-Director of the Enviornmental Resources and Policy Ph.D. program and Executive Director of the Universities Council on Water Resources. His extensive research experience is in watershed management and integrative modeling, and in environmental policies related to polluted runoff, wetlands, and provision of ecosystem services.


Based on the Big Creek portion of the Cache Watershed, Virtual Watershed is a model that evaluates, through agent-based programming, how farmers will respond to economic opportunities and the policy environment to select land uses. These land uses then feed the SWAT watershed model to evaluate the agricultural outputs and ecosystem service provision of a land use pattern. Through genentic algorithms, possible land use pattern can be evaluated to generate an ecological-economic production possibilities frontier.

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