The impacts of climate change on structurally interconnected social-ecological systems: using integrated spatial modelling to assess beehive migration patterns in Western Australia

Vidushi Patel

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Abstract

Migratory beekeeping presents a unique social-ecological system comprised of complex interconnectivities between bees, beekeepers, and forage landscapes. Understanding these socio-ecological interconnectivities can help address pressures impacting the future sustainability of beekeeping. This thesis presents an application of the social-ecological system framework to the beekeeping system, providing a foundation for the development of a spatial modelling framework. The B-Agent framework combines a species distribution model and an agent-based model to simulate bee forage landscapes and associated beehive migration patterns. B-Agent provides an industry first spatial decision support tool for assessing the impact of natural and anthropogenic pressures on the beekeeping system.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Boruff, Bryan, Supervisor
  • Biggs, Eloise, Supervisor
  • Pauli, Natasha, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date25 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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