Looking for APoLUS?   go here

If you are still interested in SIMLANDER, our early experimental version of a Cellular Automata model in R, read on….

SIMLANDER stands for SIMulation of LAnd use changE using R, and is a prototype Cellular Automata (CA) land use model built for the R software environment. It is a completely free experimental system without any guarantee which you are invited to play with to your heart’s content. In fact, it’s not really a system, just a collection of simple routines for the R software environment collected into a script. If you do find it useful, we’d appreciate it if you could reference us in your work:

Hewitt, R., Díaz Pacheco, J. and Moya Gómez, B., (2013), A cellular automata land use model for the R software environment (weblog), https://simlander.wordpress.com. 

Download latest user manual in pdf format (March 2017) here.


Download Simlander latest version v.1.0.6 (Rscript and sample data)

Though there are a number of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications presently available for other types of land use models, such as Huang’s Change Analysis (logistic regression), and Purdue University’s Land Transformation Modeller (LTM) (Artificial Neural Networks), there are few fully operational implementations of true CA models for land use modelling in the Open Source community. In addition, stand alone model frameworks do not usually incorporate  appropriate statistical goodness-of-fit comparison techniques for model evaluation, something that is normally carried out externally in statistical software packages.

This website is dedicated to the development of SIMLANDER, in which we try to address some of these problems. The R platform, with its extensive developer and user community, and its clear relevance for model building and scientific computing, seems to present an ideal environment for geographical land use modelling.

Further reading

Batty, M., and Xie, Y. (1994). From cells to cities. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 21 Supplement, 31–48.

Tobler, W. (1979), Cellular Geography, S. Gale & G. Olsson, eds., Philosophy in Geography, Reidel, Dortrecht; pp 379-386.

White, R., and Engelen, G. (1993). Cellular automata and fractal urban form: a cellular modelling approach to the evolution of urban land-use patterns. Environment and Planning A, 25(8), 1175–1199.

3 thoughts on “About SIMLANDER

    1. richjh1916 Post author

      @Nuhel, if you mean the file “simlander_v104.doc” it’s not a word document. It’s a zip file, you just have to change the extension, and unzip. You will find simlander v1.04 inside.

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