Land-use change is one of the important factors in the climate change cycle and the relationship between the two is interdependent; changes in land use may affect the climate whilst climatic change will also influence future land-use. The figure below describes the intricate relation between land use and climate.

source: US CCSP, 2004

At SPINlab research focuses mainly on the implications of climate change for land-use patterns. To analyse this we make use of land-use models that simulate potential spatial resulting from socio-economic changes, climate impacts and human-induced adaptation and mitigation measures. More specifically we focus on issues such as: