greenhouse horticulture


Agent based tools for analyzing spatial allocation for greenhouse horticulture

Greenhouse horticulture in the Netherlands is an intensive agricultural sector, with specific climate, processing capacity, and logistic requirements, allowing for high-level production of food and flowers.

As viable greenhouse horticulture poses high demands on labour availability, infrastructure, and market access not all locations in the Netherlands are equally suitable. The predominant production location, Westland, is experiencing strong competition for land, and new locations are sought elsewhere in the Netherlands.

This project develops tools based on agent based modelling and visualization techniques to analyse the spatial allocation or allotment of greenhouse horticulture. Conceptually, the land use planning in this case is hypothesized as a bottom-up process wherein autonomous responses of actors might lead to tipping points and regime shifts.