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The Spacescanner: an integrated spatial information system for the simulation of future land use

De Ruimtescanner, geintegreerd ruimtelijk informatiesysteem voor de simulatie van toekomstig ruimtegebruik

Synopsis

Socio-cultural patterns and socio-economic circumstances of Dutch society are changing quickly. While these developments exert a great impact on future land use, scenarios allowing the effect of different spatial strategies on the environment, natural areas or landscape to be quantified are often limited. To cope with this limitation a project group was set up at the initiative of the RIVM to develop a spatial information system. the result was an integrated, spatial information system, the Spacescanner, which integrates geographical data and mathematical models to predict the effect of demographic and economic developments. Spacescanner 1.0 is a prototype simulating future landuse. The resulting maps have a spatial accuracy of 500 x 500 m. The Spacescanner integrates present and expected land-use data from the above models via the so-called allocation module for use in predicting the attraction of a location for a certain kind of land use.
 

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