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Indicators for assessing changing landscape character of cultural landscapes in Flanders (Belgium)

Veerle Van Eetvelde UGent and Marc Antrop UGent (2009) Land Use Policy. 27(4). p.901-910
abstract
The increasing pace and scale of landscape change initiated a renewed interest in cultural and heritage values of the landscape. Efforts are made in inventorying, monitoring, and evaluating landscapes, needed for developing management and conservation plans, and also new concepts emerged. Landscape character became a new paradigm, as well as time depth and landscape change trajectory or path. Also, the use of landscape indicators for describing character and assessing changes has been widely tested. In Flanders, the rich landscape diversity is degrading rapidly due to extreme urban pressure and severe fragmentation by transport infrastructures. In this study a series of spatial data layers was used to describe and map the transformation of landscape character. Historical topographical maps and orthophotomaps from different periods were used to define landscape character types, which were mapped as polygons in a GIS. Map overlaying allowed analyzing the time depth and landscape constancy. The landscape character types were used as patches for the spatial and structural analysis and defining indicators of character change. A selection of class and landscape-based landscape metrics were used as such indicators, as well as the openness of the landscape. This selection was based upon the presumed relationship between the indicator and perceivable (visual) properties relating to landscape character. The landscape indicators express change very differently and several indicators are necessary to assess changes in the landscape character.
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author
organization
year
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journalArticle (original)
publication status
published
subject
keyword
time-depth, GIS, landscape metrics, landscape character, heritage landscape, landscape change
journal title
Land Use Policy
Land Use Pol.
volume
27
issue
4
pages
901 - 910
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000266197500004
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
JCR impact factor
2.355 (2009)
JCR rank
7/66 (2009)
JCR quartile
1 (2009)
ISSN
0264-8377
DOI
10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.11.001
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
626337
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-626337
date created
2009-05-13 13:14:43
date last changed
2015-06-17 11:11:36
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  abstract     = {The increasing pace and scale of landscape change initiated a renewed interest in cultural and heritage values of the landscape. Efforts are made in inventorying, monitoring, and evaluating landscapes, needed for developing management and conservation plans, and also new concepts emerged. Landscape character became a new paradigm, as well as time depth and landscape change trajectory or path. Also, the use of landscape indicators for describing character and assessing changes has been widely tested. In Flanders, the rich landscape diversity is degrading rapidly due to extreme urban pressure and severe fragmentation by transport infrastructures. In this study a series of spatial data layers was used to describe and map the transformation of landscape character. Historical topographical maps and orthophotomaps from different periods were used to define landscape character types, which were mapped as polygons in a GIS. Map overlaying allowed analyzing the time depth and landscape constancy. The landscape character types  were used as patches for the spatial and structural analysis and defining indicators of character change.  A selection of class and landscape-based landscape metrics were used as such indicators, as well as the  openness of the landscape. This selection was based upon the presumed relationship between the indicator and perceivable (visual) properties relating to landscape character. The landscape indicators express change very differently and several indicators are necessary to assess changes in the landscape character.},
  author       = {Van Eetvelde, Veerle and Antrop, Marc},
  issn         = {0264-8377},
  journal      = {Land Use Policy},
  keyword      = {time-depth,GIS,landscape metrics,landscape character,heritage landscape,landscape change},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {901--910},
  title        = {Indicators for assessing changing landscape character of cultural landscapes in Flanders (Belgium)},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2008.11.001},
  volume       = {27},
  year         = {2009},
}

Chicago
Van Eetvelde, Veerle, and Marc Antrop. 2009. “Indicators for Assessing Changing Landscape Character of Cultural Landscapes in Flanders (Belgium).” Land Use Policy 27 (4): 901–910.
APA
Van Eetvelde, Veerle, & Antrop, M. (2009). Indicators for assessing changing landscape character of cultural landscapes in Flanders (Belgium). Land Use Policy, 27(4), 901–910.
Vancouver
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Van Eetvelde V, Antrop M. Indicators for assessing changing landscape character of cultural landscapes in Flanders (Belgium). Land Use Policy. 2009;27(4):901–10.
MLA
Van Eetvelde, Veerle, and Marc Antrop. “Indicators for Assessing Changing Landscape Character of Cultural Landscapes in Flanders (Belgium).” Land Use Policy 27.4 (2009): 901–910. Print.