As a pilot study potential biophysical and human land use drivers in Costa Rica have been evaluated using multivariate statistical methods in a nested scale analysis. These reconstructed land use drivers and their quantified effects on land use were applied within a dynamic frame work CLUE (Conversion of Land Use and its Effects) to model land use dynamics for Costa Rica from 1973 to 1984. This pilot study demonstrates that land use/cover can be modelled as functions of human and biophysical drivers. The next phase in this continuing investigation will include a thorough validation and calibration of the model, sensitivity analysis and the development of the model towards applications for other countries in South America and Asia.
|Title of host publication||Report of the UNEP/RIVM/PE workshop on global and regional modeling of food production and land use, Bilthoven|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
Schoorl, J. M., Veldkamp, A., Fresco, L. O., Kok, K., & Verburg, P. H. (1996). The conversion of land use and its effects (CLUE): modelling land use dynamics for Costa Rica and further development of the model. In Report of the UNEP/RIVM/PE workshop on global and regional modeling of food production and land use, Bilthoven (pp. 36-38)