Land Use Management Support System (LUMASS)

Purpose

LUMASS is designed to provide support for two high level aspects of land management: i) land use impact assessment and ii) spatial planning. The former aspect is supported by its spatial system dynamics modelling framework and the latter by its spatial optimisation framework

Description

The Land Use Management Support System (LUMASS) was developed by Alexander Herzig of Landcare Research it is a free and open source software. LUMASS is designed to provide support for two high level aspects of land management: i) land use impact assessment and ii) spatial planning. The former aspect is supported by its spatial system dynamics modelling framework and the latter by its spatial optimisation framework. 

The Spatial optimisation framework has applications which relate to future planning and policy development including but not limited to; exploring environmental, economic and social limits in a scenario, identifying trade-offs between conflicting objectives & exploring landscape development potentials.

LUMASS spatial optimisation framework

The model processes and displays raster data for spatial land management purposes. It can also display (polygon) vector data and 3D point clouds which can in some cases be used in spatial optimisation. The model uses a graphical user interface with context menus for different tasks such as Map view, Model View & Map layers.   

 

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Latest Version LUMASS 0.9.57
State of Development Released and updated
Current Development Activity Ongoing

Development Contact

Alexander Herzig
HerzigA@landcareresearch.co.nz
+64 6 353 4949
Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research

Main Developers

  • Landcare Research

Scope

Outcome Areas Environmental
Management Domains Ecosystem Services, Land, Freshwater
Intended End Users
  • Regional Council Scientist
  • Researcher
Steady State or Dynamic Unknown

Input & Output Data

Key Input Data Land Use soil, type, land quality, property boundaries
Output Data Formats GIS Compatible Files

Accessibility

Open/Closed Source Open Source
Licence Type No Licence

User Information

Operating Systems MS Windows
Software Needed ArcGIS, ArcObjects, ArcMaps, lp_solve
User Interface Graphical desktop
Ease of Use Moderate Requires some knowledge about multi-objective optimisation
Use in Policy Process Plan (Policy Formulation), Review (Issue Identification)
Documentation

Downloads and User Guides available from LUMASS Wiki

Users Forum https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/lumass-users

Technical Considerations

Analytical Techniques Spatial Dynamics
Model Structure

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Keywords Spatially explicit system dynamics, Land systems modelling, Spatial optimisation, Integrated
modelling framework, LUMASS
Links

LUMASS Wiki Page

Key References

Herzig A, Ausseil A-GE, Dymond JR 2013. Spatial optimisation of ecosystem services. In Dymond JR ed. Ecosystem services in New Zealand – conditions and trends. Manaaki Whenua Press, Lincoln, New Zealand. http://tinyurl.com/y7vyqcao

Herzig A, Rutledge D 2013. Integrated Land Systems Modelling and Optimisation. In Piantadosi J, Anderssen RS, Boland J (eds.) MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2013, pp. 880-886. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/C8/herzig.pdf

Herzig A, Ausseil A-GE, Dymond JR 2013. Sensitivity of land-use pattern optimisation to variation in input data and constraints. In Piantadosi J, Anderssen RS, Boland J (eds.) MODSIM2013, 20th International Congress on Modelling and Simulation. Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand, December 2013, pp. 1840-1846. http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim2013/H12/herzig.pdf

Associated Case Studies

LUMASS - Waitaki Catchment

This study uses the New Zealand example of the Waitaki Catchment, an area with a strong economic dependency on agriculture, to provide and explore an example of the possibility of optimising land use to both enhance and develop ecosystem services whilst also maintaining economic returns.

 

Other Key Case Studies

Herzig, A., Dymond, J., Ausseil, A.-G., 2016. Exploring limits and trade-offs of irrigation and agricultural intensification in the Ruamahanga catchment, New Zealand. New Zealand journal of agricultural research Volume: 59 Issue 3 (2016) ISSN: 0028-8233 Online ISSN: 1175-8775 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00288233.2016.1183685

Optimising Land Use for Multiple Ecosystem Services Objectives: A Case Study in the Waitaki Catchment, New Zealand (2012)