TIM: Assessing the sustainability of agricultural land management

Smith, C. S., McDonald, G. T. and Thwaites, R. N. (2000) TIM: Assessing the sustainability of agricultural land management. Journal of Environmental Management, 60 4: 267-288. doi:10.1006/jema.2000.0384

Author Smith, C. S.
McDonald, G. T.
Thwaites, R. N.
Title TIM: Assessing the sustainability of agricultural land management
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1006/jema.2000.0384
Volume 60
Issue 4
Start page 267
End page 288
Total pages 22
Editor R. Haines-Young
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Collection year 2000
Language eng
Subject 300803 Natural Resource Management
770802 Land and water management
Abstract TIM (Threat Identification Model) is a framework for the ex ante assessment of agricultural land management sustainability at the land unit scale that identifies sources of unsustainability within agricultural land management systems. The model explicitly links defined hazards to land productivity and environmental integrity, land resource data and information, and land management practice options using expert and local knowledge on land management and its potential effects. The model was tested in the Crystal Creek Subcatchment, a narrow coastal strip of land situated in north Queensland, Australia. This area was chosen due to the expansion of the sugar industry onto increasingly marginal land in the area, which represents a threat to sustainable land use and a requirement for careful land-use planning and land management. TIM may be used in a relational database as a stand alone decision support system for land-management planning. Its usefulness in land-use planning is greatest when it is linked to a Geographic Information System (GIS) as shown in this paper. GIS allows TIM outputs, such as constraints to agriculture and site-specific best-management practices, to be identified in a spatially explicit manner. The main advantages of TIM are that it can be done ex ante, it removes the need to define sustainability assessment criteria and indicators, it utilises current understanding of the causes and effects of land degradation and how different land-management practices influence these, and links this knowledge to definite land-management options. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
Keyword Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Sustainable Agriculture
Land-use Planning
Land Evaluation
Sustainable Development
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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