What is it about?
Landscape research is a multidisciplinary topic, and many different systems and methods for landscape identification and classification exist. This paper provides a systematic review of 54 contemporary landscape characterisation approaches from all over the world. The review confirmed a major distinction between approaches rooted in the natural sciences and approaches rooted in the arts and the humanities. We identified three substantially different methodological approaches with various strengths and weaknesses.
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Why is it important?
The review addresses how and to which degree various methods differ, and sort them into distinct traditions or ‘schools’. Our findings provide a reference point for landscape characterisation and mapping at national, regional and local levels.
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This page is a summary of: Methods for landscape characterisation and mapping: A systematic review, Land Use Policy, June 2018, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.04.022.
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