Description: Description of course Course objectives – Urban growth, intensive agriculture are among the main challenges for contemporary societies by making severe pressure on nature and environment, and having impact on the future climate through greenhouse emissions. In order to mitigate the adverse impacts of this development, decision-making regarding land-use planning have to be knowledge based. The aim of the course is to provide the students with a fundamental understanding of the scientific principles of land-use modelling, strength and weaknesses, land-use models as research tools, and being able make their own models – from design, over data preparation, simulation and impact assessment.

Course contents – Basic concepts concerning land-use, cellular automata, land-use modelling, the LUCIA land-use model, impact assessment.

Course format – classroom lectures, exercises individually and in groups

Exam - Approval of the course will consist of delivering a report based on the individual modelling work carried out by each student. The evaluation is based on pass / fail. The report must be submitted within two weeks after end of course.

Each student will receive a copy of the LUCIA software for their own use.

Organizer: Professor Henning Sten Hansen, email:

Lecturers: Professor Henning Sten Hansen; PhD student Morten Fuglsang; Guest lecturer



Place: AAU-Cph, A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, room C1-2.1.011

Zip code: 2450

City: Copenhagen SV

Deadline: February 28, 2013

Important information concerning PhD courses

We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 5,000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately three months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.