Increasingly planners are realising that they need to take
account of the way different sectors interact within regions
— the dynamic nature of regions. For example, a new railway
will have flow on effects on road transport, tourism, mining and
many other sectors. New developments will also affect areas like
the environment and human health that may be hard to measure in
financial terms. Tools that would allow planners to better take
account of the dynamic nature of regions would be very useful.
There are two reports (each also has a summary as well)
available to download from this page; both are the result of CRC
research into developing tools for planners.
1. Report on the Regional Dynamics Scoping
Study (separate summary also available)
2. Predicting regional and landscape dynamics in Australian
Savannas — Economic Dimensions. (separate summary also
Options for understanding regional dynamics in northern
Mark Stafford Smith, Daniel Walker, Yiheyis Maru, Natalie
Stoeckl, Alexander Herr, Joseph Breen and Romy Greiner.
This report emerged from the Tropical Savannas CRC Regional
Dynamics Scoping Study in 2002-03. It is available as a full
report that can be downloaded as a PDF at right.
This document summarises the full project report. It aims to be
a stand-alone resource that can be used as an agenda or background
paper for subsequent decision-making. To this end, it draws on the
full report to (i) briefly recapitulate the reasons why one might
want to consider regions as systems and study their dynamics, and
(ii) re-state what features might need particular focus in such a
study of savanna (or indeed any ‘outback’) regions; it
then (iii) outlines some key research areas that could contribute
to this study, and discusses how these might be taken forward.
Predicting regional and landscape dynamics in Australian
Savannas —Economic Dimensions
Natalie Stoeckl and Owen Stanley
This document summarises the key findings on choosing or developing
economic models for savanna communities that can simulate the
effect (on the environment, on regional communities and on the
savanna economies) of specific changes or shocks to the system. The
study defines the criteria for useful savannas models, and examines
promising modelling approaches, outlining positives and
This reasearch was undertaken by the authors as part of a much
larger CRC project, Multiple use in savanna regions , (web link