Introduction to the special issue on spatial modeling to explore land use dynamics

Peter H. Verburg*, A. Veldkamp

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Land Use and Land Cover Change (LUCC) is a central theme of global environmental change research (Turner II Citation1994, Vitousek et al. Citation1997). The LUCC project of the International Geosphere‐Biosphere Programme (IBGP) and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) aims at stimulating and coordinating research on land use change (Lambin et al. Citation2000, Turner II et al. Citation1995). Scientists associated with the LUCC community have a background in different disciplines, ranging from anthropology to mathematical programming. However, this diverse group of scientists shares a common, geographic, interest: the future of the land. Much of the integration of knowledge on land use change takes place through (spatial) models that aim at explaining the causes, locations, consequences and trajectories of land use change. The variety in disciplinary origin of the researchers contributing to LUCC has lead to a wide range of different modeling approaches and techniques. The papers in this special issue provide an overview of a number of representative approaches for land use modeling that have evolved since the start of the LUCC project in 1995.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-102
Number of pages4
JournalInternational journal of geographical information science : IJGIS
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


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