Improving the applicability and transparency of land use change modelling: The iCLUE model

P. Verweij*, A. Cormont, K. Kok, M. van Eupen, S. Janssen, J. te Roller, W. de Winter, M. Pérez-Soba, I.G. Staritsky

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Human use of land increasingly alters the structure and the functioning of the environment. To ex-ante understand and anticipate these changes there is an increased need for readily available and operational land use change models. One of these models is CLUE, which has been used in many studies all over the world. These studies brought forward operational hurdles, that hamper model application. The overall objective of this paper is to present a new version of the CLUE model, iCLUE, that helps to overcome these hurdles. We describe the technical redevelopment, conceptual innovations, several applications and success factors and critical reflections. iCLUE minimizes manual error-prone actions, enhances ease-of-use, speeds up the operational modelling process and provides data visualisations to empower users to analyse and interpret results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-90
JournalEnvironmental Modelling and Software
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Land use change
  • Model
  • Separation of concerns
  • Transparency
  • Usability
  • User centered design


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