The Von Thunen model of agricultural land use was created by farmer and amateur economist J.H. Von. Thunen () in (but it wasn't translated. PDF | On Dec 1, , M. E. O'Kelly and others published Agricultural location theory: Von Thünen's contribution to economic geography. The Von Thünen Model of Rural/Agricultural Land Use. Johann Heinrich Von Thünen () was a farmer, a German, a snazzy dresser, and an amateur .
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Spatial systems such as those of concern in geosimulation, tend not to be in equilibrium in the same way that closed mechanical systems, the analogues of the systems approach, were.
Cities, for example, are places of vibrant change, great diversity and heterogeneity. As they have become more complex as the wealth of their inhabitants has loosed constraints on social and spatial behavior, top-down equilibrium seeking models that represent systems at one cross-section in time, have appeared increasingly out of touch with both understanding and policy analysis.
Moreover, these earlier models, particularly those used in city and transportation planning, were often highly aggregate in their treatment of populations, and inevitably the quest began to disaggregate them to a level where at least individual groups could be defined that represented more consistent average behaviors. For example, aggregate spatial interaction models built around analogues with classical physics, often referred to as social physics, gave way to discrete choice and thence activity models of travel behavior while demographic processes were disaggregated to the point where techniques of micro-simulation became their modus operandi.
Despite these trends towards finer and finer disaggregation, the notion of developing dynamic behaviors of relevant population groups has forced the field to consider models with purposive behavior.
As population aggregates are fractured into ever greater detail, there comes a point where they reach some elemental level which is, in itself, self-contained with respect to its behaviors. In simulating mobility, for example, this is at the level of the pedestrian or the vehicle whereas for spatial objects such as the space itself, then it is the cell that can take on this relative independence from the aggregate. The sea change that has occurred in how we perceive spatial systems is reflected in this switch from top down to bottom up.
Agents rather than their aggregates now constitute the key elements in model representation with the processes that engender their change through time and over space being the focus of simulation. Agent-based models have thus come firmly onto the agenda with variants such as cellular automata and more relaxed versions of these in the form of cell-space and cell-state models now forming part of the conventional wisdom.
These new models that constitute the heartland of geosimulation, are much richer than their more aggregate, cross-sectional equilibrium-seeking counterparts. As such, they are much harder to validate against data in that they embody many processes that are plausible but for which data is rarely available. Indeed, process-based models are extremely difficult to fit unambiguously for usually data about key processes has to be assumed or is not available and somewhat indirect methods are thus required to validate the model against whatever data and assumptions are made explicit.
This book develops many of these challenges presented first in chapter by Marceau and Benenson which deals with key issues facing the field.
In fact, in a number of the chapters, all these various themes are interwoven but in the first two chapters, the focus is on spatial representation. CA models invariably define spaces based on regular tessellations such as grids in 2-dimensions, occasionally 3 for urban and environmental systems but in the strict applications of these automata, neighborhoods around cells are defined in the most limited sense.
Indeed emergence in such models as in the evolution of fractal patterns and forms can only be guaranteed if neighborhoods based on nearest neighbors are used. In spatial systems however, there is a need to overlap neighborhoods, to relax their extent to cover more than their nearest neighbors and to deal with hierarchies of cells.
In a model for the Dublin region, White, Shahumyan, and Uljee develop what they refer to as a variable grid model that seeks to deal effectively with these concerns. In a related chapter which follows, Moore demonstrates how the regularity and homogeneity assumptions of the grid which is largely fashioned after raster representations in GIS can be relaxed to non-regular shapes. In this, rasters are replaced by vectors and he demonstrates how such irregularities can be produced in visualizing von Thunen's model of agricultural land use where concentric rings are replaced by irregular zones that require iteration in the solution of the model.
This is an intriguing demonstration of the effect of agents modifying their own geometric surroundings and it opens the door to the notion that geosimulation models might also be developed so that agents actually define the spatial system on which they operate rather than simply engage in processes that take place on a fixed representation.
Issues of visualization are always central to geosimulation for the focus on space and its complexity is intrinsically visual. To this end, there are three chapters in this book that follow this discussion on representation and these focus on geo-visualization, particularly on the construction of geographic virtual environments, on 3-D representations, and on the use of multimedia in both the scientific development and the dissemination of outcomes.
Crooks, Hudson Smith, and Patel present a portfolio of model applications involving multi-agent systems that are urban and spatial in intent, focusing largely on agents that move in urban space such as pedestrians and vehicular traffic.
Example: The crop which is economically the most important in Malaysia is: A. True B. A critical review is conducted on a topic pertaining to agriculture selected from a list to reflect a grasp of the salient features and understanding of the principles involved in the subject. Advocating good agricultural practices 2. Fertilizer production from oil palm empty fruit bunch EFB in Malaysia 4.
Food safety 5. Halal hub 6. ICT in Malaysian agriculture 8. Integrated farming in Malaysia 9. Agricultural biotechnology Genetically modified organisms GMOs in agriculture 15 Technology transfer in agriculture Environmental issues in agriculture Agriculture as the third engine of growth in Malaysia Mushroom cultivation in Malaysia Biodiversity Agrotourism Recreational fishing Labour problems in agriculture Following on the premise that land users aim to maximize profit, each parcel is converted to the use with the highest land rent at that location.
While land suitability is often represented only in a relative terms, these suitability models provide a basis for understanding where different land uses or covers are most likely to be found. Whether or not land rents are calculated in absolute or relative terms often depends on data availability, and relative land rents are commonly used for models of land cover, where there may not be a good theoretical link between economic rent and cover type.
Elaborations of these premises accounted for differences in soil quality and infrastructure Alonso, , while Walker and others Walker, ;Walker and Solecki, extended the underlying bid-rent model to account for development and agency. The suitability of the land is determined in different ways.
In some models land suitability is directly derived from the physical suitability for alternative uses based on agroecological zoning assessments; in other instances this is represented by the potential crop yield that may be obtained Schaldach et al.
Other approaches also include infrastructural and socioeconomic location characteristics in the determination of the suitability for a particular use. The importance of different location factors as determinant of the suitability can be based on expert knowledge captured in multicriteria evaluation procedures Schaldach et al. It is important to note that econometrically derived suitability maps include factors related to both physical suitability and the accessibility of locations and population pressure.
The implementation of suitability maps and their role in allocating land change differs between models. Differences mainly depend on the number of land use and land cover types addressed and the level of competition assumed among the categories. In its simplest form land change between two classes is simulated e.
Land changes in such binary cases are simply calculated by applying a cutoff to the suitability surface assigning the land use to the highest part of the suitability surface. The cutoff value can be determined such that the regional-level quantity of each land use type that needs to be allocated is matched Pontius et al. In case of multiple land cover or land use types these may be allocated hierarchically based on their presumed competitive strengths.
Often urban land uses are allocated first, after which agricultural land uses are allocated according to the suitabilities of the locations not yet occupied by urban land use Letourneau et al.
Semi natural land uses often occupy the remaining locations.
In other models a more dynamic simulation of the competition between land uses or covers is implemented. This is done, for example, by accounting for the relative differences in suitability for different land uses and the overall demand for those land uses at the regional level or through the dynamic calculation of a shadow price for land Verburg and Overmars, Neighborhood interactions Neighborhood interactions in cellular models are based on the presumption that the possibility of transition from one use of land to another is dependent on the land use of the locations in the neighborhood.
The theoretical underpinning for neighborhood effects was provided by Fujita et al. Arthur used this concept to explain path dependence in the development of cities. In agricultural land use models a rationale for neighborhood interactions is provided by the process of imitation of crop choice and agricultural management between neighboring farmers or within their social network.
Empirical evidence, however, has shown that such relations are not always observed as clearly as theory would suggest Schmit and Rounsevell, The best-known implementation of neighborhood interactions in land change models is in the form of cellular automata CA. The basic principle of CA is that land use change can be explained by the current state of a cell and changes in those of its neighbors.
CA comprises four elements: 1 cell space, 2 cell states, 3 time steps, and 4 transition rules White and Engelen, Transition rules specify what land changes will be likely to happen based on the nearby land cover types and can be specified based on expert opinion or derived from different types of statistical analysis to inform the specification of the neighborhood rules Verburg et al.
However, often expert-based rules for neighborhood interaction are calibrated based on observed transitions to ensure that the algorithm reproduces the observed land cover or -use patterns. Neighborhood interactions can also be captured in land change models by including them as part of the determinants of the local suitability, for example, by including a variable in the suitability model that represents the number of occurrences of same land use type in the neighborhood.
This may be achieved by including an autoregressive term in the econometric model Lin et al. Neighborhoods can vary between simple neighborhoods of surrounding cells to more complex neighborhoods based on network analysis or predefined regions.
An important consequence of including neighborhood interactions is the emergence of complex spatial patterns from relatively straightforward decision rules as result of the path dependence of the simulation.