Landscape characterisation methods
SLU researchers are developing methods of describing landscape character, i.e. the patterns and structures that distinguish one landscape from another.
The approach is based on methods currently in use in the United Kingdom in particular. The aim is to adapt internationally tried and tested methods to the Swedish landscape, and to be able to help improve the material on which planning decisions are based.
"The project is very much in keeping with the times, since Sweden has now acceded to the European Landscape Convention, which imposes a duty on signatory states to develop methods of analysing and describing landscapes. When we describe landscapes of different kinds, such as "urban", "forested" or "rural", we should also attempt to capture the processes of change over time," says Professor Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin, who is coordinating the project.
Street ending in nowhere. Photo: E. Gottberg & I. Ripa