Stylized environments and ABMs: Educational tools for examining the causes and consequences of land use/land cover change

Stephen J. Walsh, Carlos F. Mena, Jennifer L. DeHart, Brian G. Frizzelle

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations

Abstract

A challenge in land change science is to assess the causes and consequences of LULC change and associated pattern-process relations. Increasingly, land change organizations are examining land use at local to global scales for historical, contemporary and future periods through scenarios that assess population-environment interactions. Spatial analytical tools in GIScience are being used to link people and environment and to search for the distal and proximate factors that affect local to global land use patterns. Spatial simulation models that rely upon complexity theory as the framework and agent-based models as the analytical approach offer the capability to inform through experimentation about land issues important to science and society. Using a stylized landscape where a selected set of key social, geographical and ecological elements are spatially organized, we describe how land dynamics can be examined through agent-based models as educational tools that are useful in the classroom, boardroom and public forums.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-435
Number of pages13
JournalGeocarto International
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Agent-based models
  • Land use/land cover change
  • Stylized environment

Fingerprint

Dive into the research topics of 'Stylized environments and ABMs: Educational tools for examining the causes and consequences of land use/land cover change'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this