International land-use model applications

For more than a decade the SPINlab has been active in developing land-use models for various regions in Europe. In cooperation with Object Vision a model was developed for EC-JRC in 2010 that simulates land use at a 100m resolution for all 27 member states of the European Union. Model calibration was an important part of the model development and called for extensive analysis of land-use change in Europe. The model will be applied for various policy preparation studies in the EU. Preceding this pan-European model development the SIMILOR-project (SIMulation and Integration of Land-cOveR dynamics) aimed at the development of a prototype spatial information system that simulates future land use, on a European scale level. The emphasis of the project was on the interaction between land use change in urban and rural areas in specific European regions.

From 2010 onwards, land-use models are developed for Bangladesh, Surinam and various water catchment areas within Europe (i.e. Elbe, Meuse, Rhine)



Claassens, J. (2016). Future developments in Bangladesh: urbanization scenarios to assess flood risk. (MSc Master Thesis), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam.

Hoymann, J. (2011). Accelerating urban sprawl in depopulating regions: a scenario analysis for the Elbe River Basin. Regional Environmental Change, 11(1), 73-86.

Lavalle, C., Baranzelli, C., Batista e Silva, F., Mubareka, S., Rocha Gomes, C., Koomen, E., & Hilferink, M. (2011). A High Resolution Land use/cover Modelling Framework for Europe: introducing the EU-ClueScanner100 model. In B. Murgante, O. Gervasi, A. Iglesias, D. Taniar, & B. O. Apduhan (Eds.), Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2011, Part I, Lecture Notes in Computer Science vol. 6782 (pp. 60-75). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Te Linde, A. H., Bubeck, P., Dekkers, J. E. C., De Moel, H., & Aerts, J. C. J. H. (2011). Future flood risk estimates along the river Rhine. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 11(2), 459-473.