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Modelling urban sprawl and assessing its costs in the planning process: A case study in Flanders, Belgium


In scientific literature there is a wide agreement on the negative consequences of urban sprawl for some decades. Quantifying these negative consequences of urban sprawl can be extremely helpful for local and regional decision making. Numerous methods have been developed to quantify urban sprawl and its consequences and land use models have been used to study possible effects in the future. The results of these studies, however, do not always find their way to policy makers because they are often too abstract for them. In order to bridge this science-policy gap, this study proposes a participatory approach to make existing methods and models more fit for policy purposes. ... read more

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Tomas Crols successfully implemented some improvements in our activity-based Cellular Automata land use model

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