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Environmental Geography


The department of Environmental Geography develops innovative methods to support policy and planning by spatial analysis, simulation models and scenario studies across multiple scales. The department conducts research in local case studies, at the regional and national level, as well as at the global level. This multi-scale approach enables the local findings to be evaluated in a global context, while global models are confronted with the reality in local studies across the world. Explicit attention is given to feedback mechanisms and the emergence of spatial patterns as a result of interacting human-environment processes.

The interdisciplinary expertise of the department is mostly applied in projects that address issues relevant to stakeholders and society at large. The researchers have a strong expertise and experience in bridging different disciplinary perspectives of environmental change and integrated assessment modeling. The complexity of the environmental problems requires the integration of data from many sources and multiple disciplinary perspectives. For this reason, the department staff is capable of resolving problems of integration that are both technological and human in nature. Prof. Peter Verburg is head of the department which consists of about 35 PhD students and staff members.

Datasets and models

Agricultural Land Use Intensity

CLUE model

CLUMondo model

Flood Regulation

Global Land Systems

Global Potentially Available Cropland

Linear Landscape Elements

Market Influence



For more information on the environmental geography group visit: http://www.environmentalgeography.nl

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