This course is taught every other year.
The goal of this class is to explore various approaches to modeling landscape pattern and change. The focus is on understanding, describing, and predicting the two-dimensional patterns of land-use and land-cover that are observable in map-based depictions of landscapes. The course will necessarily move between social and ecological processes and applications of the models, always with a geographical focus. During the course we will read about different modeling approaches, discuss applications of the models, and work on 7-8 exercises. We will explore GIS-based land modeling approaches through a number of statistical and computational approaches. Students completing the course will be able to evaluate the trade-offs associated with use of a particular modeling approach within a given situation, and to implement (at least minimally) several of the approaches discussed