LUCI (Land Utilisation and Capability Indicator)


LUCI (Land Utilisation and Capability Indicator) explores the capability of a landscape to provide ecosystem services. It uses map data to look at how the landscape is being used and the services that are currently being provided, and compares these to an estimate of the landscapes potential to provide services. This information is used to identify areas where change may be beneficial, or where existing landscape features should be preserved.


Maps / GIS data available at a national scale

Quantitative data on ecosystem services
Tables / statistics / reports
Site scale
Local scale
Landscape scale
Regional scale
National scale
Cost of the tool (and guidance): 
Prototype (not yet available)
A range of land uses
Resource requirement (software): 
ArcGIS 10.1 or above.
Level of technical expertise required: 
Basic – intermediate GIS skills
Types of ecosystem service included: 
Habitat type (UK NEA habitats): 
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
How does it work?: 

LUCI is a process-based tool that maps individual ecosystem services and their interdependence and connectivity within the landscape. It uses a range of algorithms that maintain biophysical principles and spatial connections. It also identifies where trade-offs or co-benefits exist. Changes in land management can be input into the tool and deficiencies in data can be reduced by incorporating local stakeholder knowledge.  Colour coded maps are produced to identify the impact of different decisions. 

LUCI is particularly useful if a user is interested in the cumulative impact of many small features (or changes to these features) in the landscape on a variety of ecosystem services. LUCI is not prescriptive but should be viewed as a negotiation tool to help inform stakeholders (e.g. farmers, policy makers and decision-makers) where changes in a landscape may be beneficial.

The aim is to make LUCI free for non-profit organisations.  It is not currently available for general use; requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Where can I get it?:


For references e.g. [01] see the reference list