Users can update the LEAM model to reflect development decisions and scenarios.
LEAM users have access to the model for calibration, data updating, and running scenarios.
LEAM estimates the quantity, location and time-frame for residential and commercial growth.
LEAM scenario simulations used 30x30-meter satellite data from Chicago MSA land-cover dataset from 2001 to 2011. The data was cleaned using a cell-by-cell visual comparison process that utilized NLCD and satellite image. Simulations were run to the year 2040 to project change from non-urbanized land-use cells (such as forests and agricultural lands) to urbanized land-use cells (commercial and residential land-use) over the 30-year period.
In Springfield, LEAM scenario simulations used 30x30-meter satellite data from a Springfield regional land-cover dataset starting from 2010. The data was cleaned using a cell-by-cell visual comparison process that utilized current digital maps. Simulations model guides the Springfield government planning team to make more reasonable and substantial plans and designs.