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The International Environmental Modelling & Software Society


Universit├Ąt Hohenheim, Germany
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Institute for Agricultural Economics and Social Sciences in the Tropics and Subtropics
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Thomas Berger is Professor for Land Use Economics in the Tropics and Subtropics at Hohenheim University. His research is primarily concerned with human-environment interactions in the areas of land use, water resources and renewable energies. In 1995, he started developing agent-based simulation models for agro-ecosystems and especially for the assessment of technology diffusion and policy interventions. His model approach, now called MP-MAS (standing for Mathematical Programming-based Multi-Agent Systems), has been applied in several developing countries and is currently being tested within the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food. Thomas is an agricultural economist by training and teaches courses on farm and land-use modeling at MSc and PhD level.