Publications

Conferences

2018

BioEcon 2018 - Davis K.J. (2018) A generalizable integrated natural capital methodology to prioritise investment in saltmarsh enhancement. Presentation

Saltmarsh provides many ecosystem services including recreational benefits and carbon sequestration. In this research we quantify these benefits, along with the costs of re-creating new saltmarsh areas, to understand priority areas for new saltmarsh in the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

EnvEcon 2018 - Davis K.J. (2018) A generalisable integrated natural capital methodology for investments in saltmarsh. Presentation

Saltmarsh provides many ecosystem services including recreational benefits and carbon sequestration. In this research we quantify these benefits, along with the costs of re-creating new saltmarsh areas, to understand priority areas for new saltmarsh in the North Devon Biosphere Reserve.

UKERC Annual Conference 2018 - Delafield G (2018) Spatial Optimization of Energy Infrastructure

Decarbonising the UK’s energy system is essential if the UK is to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets. The government uses energy models to understand which energy technologies could contribute to the UK’s future energy mix, however these models are not spatially explicit and therefore limit the government’s ability to take a whole systems approach. As part of NERC’s ADVENT project, a national-scale spatially disaggregated integrated model has been developed to spatialize the output of energy models. The modelling framework uses various spatial optimization techniques to determine the least cost locations for solar farms, wind farms and bioenergy power plants simultaneously. The model has been applied to explore the spatial implications of low carbon energy futures and the cost associated with excluding areas of land from energy development to protect the natural environment and food security.

Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 - Delafield G (2018) Spatial optimization of energy infrastructure considering ecosystem services

The land use change associated with transitioning to a decentralised low carbon energy system has the potential to result in far-reaching ramifications for the natural environment. Existing energy models are not spatially explicit and therefore are unable to take a whole systems approach to exploring the implications of future energy mixes on the environment. As part of NERC’s ADVENT project, a national-scale spatially disaggregated integrated model has been developed to determine the least cost locations for solar farms, wind farms and bioenergy power plants simultaneously. Future development of the model will explore including the implications of energy infrastructure on the provision of ecosystem services in the optimization. By using values from the environmental economics literature, the impact on the provision of ecosystem services can be valued and included alongside the financial costs to choose the optimal locations for energy infrastructure.

20th Annual BIOECON conference - Morello T, Badura T, Bateman I, Binner A, Ferrini S (2018) The effect of substitutes on preferences of Great Britain population for ecological deintensification of agriculture. Paper
2017

UKERC Annual Research Conference 2017: Clean growth and innovation in a changing world - Delafield G. (2017) Spatial optimization of energy infrastructure considering ecosystem services

The land use change associated with transitioning to a decentralised low carbon energy system has the potential to result in far-reaching ramifications for the natural environment. Existing energy models are not spatially explicit and therefore are unable to take a whole systems approach to exploring the implications of future energy mixes on the environment. As part of NERC’s ADVENT project, a national-scale spatially disaggregated integrated model is being developed to determine the least cost locations for solar farms, wind farms and bioenergy power plants simultaneously. Future development of the model will explore including the implications of energy infrastructure on the provision of ecosystem services in the optimization. By using values from the environmental economics literature, the impact on the provision of ecosystem services can be valued and included alongside the financial costs to choose the optimal locations for energy infrastructure.

2007 

Nellthorp J, Bristow A, Day B (2007). Cost-benefit values for surface transport noise: Derivation, application and international comparisons.