An open and extensible framework for spatially explicit land use change modelling: the lulcc R package

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Title: An open and extensible framework for spatially explicit land use change modelling: the lulcc R package
Authors: Moulds, S
Buytaert, W
Mijic, A
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: We present the lulcc software package, an object-oriented framework for land use change modelling written in the R programming language. The contribution of the work is to resolve the following limitations associated with the current land use change modelling paradigm: (1) the source code for model implementations is frequently unavailable, severely compromising the reproducibility of scientific results and making it impossible for members of the community to improve or adapt models for their own purposes; (2) ensemble experiments to capture model structural uncertainty are difficult because of fundamental differences between implementations of alternative models; and (3) additional software is required because existing applications frequently perform only the spatial allocation of change. The package includes a stochastic ordered allocation procedure as well as an implementation of the CLUE-S algorithm. We demonstrate its functionality by simulating land use change at the Plum Island Ecosystems site, using a data set included with the package. It is envisaged that lulcc will enable future model development and comparison within an open environment.
Issue Date: 9-Oct-2015
Date of Acceptance: 6-Sep-2015
ISSN: 1991-9603
Publisher: European Geosciences Union
Start Page: 3215
End Page: 3229
Journal / Book Title: Geoscientific Model Development
Volume: 8
Issue: 10
Copyright Statement: © Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Sponsor/Funder: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Funder's Grant Number: NE/I022558/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
04 Earth Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering
Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences

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