Building a spatial microsimulation-based planning support system for local policy making
This paper presents a spatial microsimulation modelling and predictive policy analysis system called Micro-MaPPAS, a Planning Support System (PSS) constructed for a local strategic partnership in a large metropolitan area of the UK. The innovative feature of this system is the use of spatial microsimulation techniques for the enhancement of local policy decision making in connection with the neighbourhood renewal strategy. The paper addresses the relevant data issues and technical aspects of the linkage of spatial microsimulation modelling frameworks to PSS and deals with the wider implications that such a linkage may have to local policy and planning procedures. Finally, the paper presents some illustrative examples of the policy relevance and policy analysis potential of the software.
Environment and Planning: A
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