This seminar introduces students to the frontiers of land change modeling in the context of landscape planning. It will cover the theory and practice of land use science with readings on novel methods for monitoring, and predicting land-use change (e.g. cellular automata, agent-based models). We will also cover new approaches to planning, including participatory modeling, tangible landscapes, serious gaming, scenario development, landscape visualizations, geovisualization and multicriteria analysis. Readings will cover issues of stakeholder buy-in, geoliteracy, and representing uncertainty that are highly important for effective participatory approaches, as well as salient concepts in resource management, ecosystem services, wicked problems, and just sustainabilities. Students will gain critical thinking and analysis skills related to how we use and change land systems.
Frontiers in Land Change Modeling and Landscape Planning