LURNZ is used to empirically investigate the potential impacts of policies that may alter land-use decisions. The model is designed to produce dynamic paths of rural land-use change, land-use maps, and maps of land-use change across New Zealand.
LURNZ can also produce maps of land-use intensity and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture. LURNZ has been used to simulate the land-use impacts of including agriculture in an emissions trading scheme, and to estimate the impact of dairy expansion on water quality.
You can also check out the most recent LURNZ simulation results for 2025.