Models are only as good as their input data and human engagement and interpretation. On the other hand, models often reveal information that otherwise would not be recognized through traditional study. Their use also typically requires a commitment that can lead to more collaboration.
We use models that are both developed by us and by others to assist in the field of urban planning. The task of planning for the unknown future while at the same time supporting, discouraging, or even regulating development today is an incredibly complex undertaking. Our models and tools help planners and decision makers to break down and study the components of urban and rural systems, put them back together into a big picture of potential futures, and share the findings with others.
Our flagship product is the Land use Evolution and impact Assessment Model, or LEAM. LEAM is really a suite of interconnected attractor models that predict land use change. LEAM is used to test scenarios of future development and facilitate collaboration. Its flexible nature allows for a wide variety of scenarios to be tested, quick deployment, and linkage to many other models for complex economic, social, and environmental impact analyses.