The CLUMondo model is a spatially explicit and dynamics land system change model

CLUMondo is based on the land systems approach. Land systems are socio-ecological systems that reflect land use in a spatial unit in terms of land cover composition, spatial configuration, and the management activities employed. The precise definition of land systems depends on the scale of analysis, the purpose of modelling, and the case study region. In contrast to land cover classifications the role of land use intensity and livestock systems are explicitly addressed. Each land system can be characterized in terms of the fractional land covers.

An example for a Local scale land systems classification for Laos is provided below. land systems are characterized based on the amount of forest in the landscape mosaic and the management type ranging from swidden cultivation to permanent cultivation and plantations.

The CLUMondo is distributed as freeware and can be downloaded together with a tutorial through the links at the bottom of this website It is not possible to provide support on the application unless in the context of collaborative projects.

Core publications an example applications of CLUMondo:

How to use CLUMondo in your project?

Unfortunately we are not able to assist everybody interested in CLUMondo in their implementation of the model for his/her project. Because the model requires both advanced insight in the functioning of the land use system in a particular case study as well as advanced knowledge of GIS and modelling it is difficult to implement the model without prior experience in advanced spatial analysis. If you are interested in exploring the basic functioning of the model it is possible to download the free version of the CLUMondo model and test the functioning based on the tutorial. In addition we provide, for those interested, the source code of the (command line version) of the software to you.

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by  the Free Software Foundation. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,  but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details. We however request you to NOT use the software for commercial purposes and always appropriately refer to the original developers of the software.


Command line version:
This version is the most up to date version of CLUMondo. The download is a zip file containing the executable and the manual.
Download exe and manual

The reference for this version is:

  • Van Asselen, S., Verburg, P.H., 2013. Land cover change or land-use intensification: simulating land system change with a global-scale land change model. Global Change Biology 19, 3648–3667.