Agent-Based Model for Land-Use/Cover Change:A Review

  • 1. Center for Spatial Information Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo 153-8505, Japan;
    2. Kay Laboratory of Resources Remote Sensing and Digital Agriculture of Ministry of Agriculture, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Regional Planning, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Beijing 100081;
    3. Center for Climate System Research, University of Tokyo, Chiba 277-8568, Japan

Received date: 2006-05-31

  Revised date: 2006-10-15

  Online published: 2007-07-20


Land-use/cover change(LUCC) models have been playing a very important role in analyzing the process and its consequence of various land uses,understanding the ecological and environmental effects of LUCC,providing a great support service for land use planning and policy-making activities.This article presents an overview of Agent-based models for land-use/cover change(ABM/LUCC).The authors firstly review the development of Agent-based model in comparison with other alternative LUCC modeling techniques,and then summarize its basic concepts and core ideas.More attention is paid to discussing the main study issues of ABM/LUCC and reviewing the ongoing modeling efforts around the world in several research fields.Finally,this article outlines some important challenges and open research questions in this new domain,and concluded that,although significant challenges existing,this model offers a promising direction for scientists whose goals are to develop better LUCC models for simulating the complexity of human-environment interactions.

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WU Wen-Bin, YANG Peng, SHIBASAKI Ryosuke, TANG Hua-Jun, CHEN Zhong-Xin . Agent-Based Model for Land-Use/Cover Change:A Review[J]. SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA, 2007 , 27(4) : 573 -578 . DOI: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2007.04.573


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