PPS-30306 Quantitative Analysis of Land Use Systems (QUALUS)


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. ir. MK van Ittersum
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. ir. MK van Ittersum
ing. MTMH Lubbers
dr. ir. MM van den Berg
dr. ir. JJ Stoorvogel
dr. ir. WAH Rossing
dr. ir. KKE Descheemaeker
dr. A Kanellopoulos
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing
dr. A Kanellopoulos
dr. ir. MM van den Berg
prof. dr. ir. MK van Ittersum

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SGL-10309 Integration Course Soil; Water and Atmosphere or FSE-30306 Analysis and Design of Organic Farming Systems or CSA-20306 Soil-Plant Relations or SLM-10306 Land Degradation and Remediation or DEC-20306 Rural Households and Livelihood Strategies.


Problems associated with food security and depletion of natural resources and the need for economically viable and socially acceptable systems are important reasons for a redesign of land use systems at the level of farms, as well as at the regional level. The QUALUS course deals with quantitative land evaluation and presents an overview of quantitative methods for regional and farm level land use analysis and design. The methods identify options for sustainable systems and land use and reveal trade-off among objectives. To use these methods, you need to apply disciplinary knowledge about economy, soil, climate, animals and plants. Important aspects of the various methods treated are their aim, spatial and temporal scale and climatic zone. One of the mathematical techniques for these model-based land use studies, i.e. linear programming is presented in more detail. Attention will be given to involvement of stakeholders and using scenarios. The course and its methods are illustrated with a comprehensive study. Students will apply the concepts and methods in their own case study. All methods use a scenario approach.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- apply qualitative and quantitative methods for regional and farm level land use analysis and design;
- design a linear programming model to study a simple land use problem, solve simple linear programming and multicriteria problems, and interpret results of these models;
- construct input-output coefficient tables for different land use activities applying production ecological concepts;
- explain, compare and critique different methods of qualitative and quantitative land use analysis and design;
- give an overview and explain the role of models within innovation processes and policy development.


- lectures and practicals will support self-study of the syllabus;
- students will work in groups (of 2-4 students).


- written test with open questions (80%);
- 4 parts, minimum mark required for each part: 4.0, minimum overall average: 5.5;
- case study reports, including presentation (20%, valid for two academic years).


Study guide and syllabus.

Keuze voor: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScC: Double Degree Agroecology3WD
MOAOrganic AgricultureMScA: Agroecology3WD
MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScA: Sustainable Land Management3WD
MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScD: Flexible Configurations for Innovative Minds
MPSPlant SciencesMScA: Crop Science3WD
MPSPlant SciencesMScC: Natural Resource Management3WD
MPSPlant SciencesMScC: Natural Resource Management3WD
MBSBiobased SciencesMScA: Biomass Production and Carbon Capture3WD
Verplicht voor: WUCCPBSc Minor Concepts in Crop Production3WD