SENSE Research Cluster XIII: Land use, spatial analysis and modelling / ecosystem and landscape services
Land use typically serves different purposes which partly depend on environmental functions and values. Integrated local planning, landscape design and management demand sophisticated decision support taking due note of these functions and values. The concept of ecosystem and landscape services promises new perspectives in spatial design. Participants in this SENSE research cluster develop insight in how this concept may contribute to decision making on sustainable landscape change in different settings, and use this insight to develop decision support systems for spatial planning and design. By applying them in practice in cooperation with users, they learn the impact on the social process and how decision making can be improved. Also, they develop effective financial mechanisms regarding ecosystem and landscape services and explore possibilities and pitfalls of novel planning, management and decision-making concepts.
Design and assessment of multiple land use has a high scientific complexity. Sustainable land use is of high societal relevance. Participants in this SENSE Research Cluster strive for scientific excellence, combined with clear societal involvement.
Featuring subjects, mechanisms and methods that are being developed and applied in this SENSE Research Cluster are, for example:
concepts and decision support tools for spatial planning and management
measurement and mapping of ecosystem and landscape services
novel mechanisms to finance multi-functional landscape planning
We welcome experts in the field of spatial analysis of land use and ecosystem services to participate in this research cluster to exchange knowledge and stimulate new innovative developments (if you are not a member of the SENSE Research School but involved with this subject, then you are still welcome to enroll and participate in this research cluster).
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