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A method for a Multi-scale landscape typology and characterisation in a trans-regional context useful as a GIS-landscape database. The case of Belgium

Veerle Van Eetvelde UGent and Marc Antrop UGent (2008) Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen.
abstract
The new typology of the landscapes of Belgium fits in the goal of the European Landscape Convention to characterise contemporary landscapes in a trans-regional and trans-border perspective. Belgium is a federal state and the Regions have the authority in landscape policy resulting in different approaches and regional landscape typologies. The method is proposed using a combination of holistic and parametric approaches at two scale levels to integrate different regional classifications. Four basic datasets covering Belgium as a whole were used: a digital terrain model, CORINE Land Cover, a soil map, and a Landsat 5 TM satellite image. Eighteen variables were defined from these datasets, describing the landscape characteristics of square kilometre cells at the first scale level. These variables are used to assign one of the 48 landscape types to each cell. At the second scale level, the spatial patterns formed by the grid landscape types are delineated into landscape units and described using landscape metrics. Types and patterns properties of the units are subsequently used in a hierarchical cluster analysis to define landscape character types. The new classification covers Belgium as a whole and integrates the regional classifications. The method also creates a landscape GIS-database with an open structure enhancing the characterisation of the landscapes. Both the kilometre cells at the first scale level as the landscape character areas at the second scale level are linked in the database. The variables used to differentiate landscape types and character areas can be extended by additional information and descriptive variables of very different sources relating for example to cultural, historical, and scenic properties and even iconographic documents. Thus the landscape character map is the entry to various queries for example to assess the evolution and time depth of forests and build up area per cell.
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keyword
landscape pattern, GIS, landscape characterisation, multi-scale, European Landscape Convention
in
Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen
publisher
BEVAS
conference name
De Belgische Geografendagen
conference location
Brussel
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
C3
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626401
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-626401
date created
2009-05-13 13:45:47
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2009-09-08 11:06:50
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  abstract     = {The new typology of the landscapes of Belgium fits in the goal of the European Landscape Convention to characterise contemporary landscapes in a trans-regional and trans-border perspective. Belgium is a federal state and the Regions have the authority in landscape policy resulting in different approaches and regional landscape typologies. The method is proposed using a combination of holistic and parametric approaches at two scale levels to integrate different regional classifications. Four basic datasets covering Belgium as a whole were used: a digital terrain model, CORINE Land Cover, a soil map, and a Landsat 5 TM satellite image. Eighteen variables were defined from these datasets, describing the landscape characteristics of square kilometre cells at the first scale level. These variables are used to assign one of the 48 landscape types to each cell. At the second scale level, the spatial patterns formed by the grid landscape types are delineated into landscape units and described using landscape metrics. Types and patterns properties of the units are subsequently used in a hierarchical cluster analysis to define landscape character types. The new classification covers Belgium as a whole and integrates the regional classifications. The method also creates a landscape GIS-database with an open structure enhancing the characterisation of the landscapes. Both the kilometre cells at the first scale level as the landscape character areas at the second scale level are linked in the database. The variables used to differentiate landscape types and character areas can be extended by additional information and descriptive variables of very different sources relating for example to cultural, historical, and scenic properties and even iconographic documents. Thus the landscape character map is the entry to various queries for example to assess the evolution and time depth of forests and build up area per cell.},
  author       = {Van Eetvelde, Veerle and Antrop, Marc},
  booktitle    = {Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen},
  keyword      = {landscape pattern,GIS,landscape characterisation,multi-scale,European Landscape Convention},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Brussel},
  publisher    = {BEVAS},
  title        = {A method for a Multi-scale landscape typology and characterisation in a trans-regional context useful as a GIS-landscape database. The case of Belgium},
  year         = {2008},
}

Chicago
Van Eetvelde, Veerle, and Marc Antrop. 2008. “A Method for a Multi-scale Landscape Typology and Characterisation in a Trans-regional Context Useful as a GIS-landscape Database. The Case of Belgium.” In Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen. BEVAS.
APA
Van Eetvelde, V., & Antrop, M. (2008). A method for a Multi-scale landscape typology and characterisation in a trans-regional context useful as a GIS-landscape database. The case of Belgium. Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen. Presented at the De Belgische Geografendagen, BEVAS.
Vancouver
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Van Eetvelde V, Antrop M. A method for a Multi-scale landscape typology and characterisation in a trans-regional context useful as a GIS-landscape database. The case of Belgium. Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen. BEVAS; 2008.
MLA
Van Eetvelde, Veerle, and Marc Antrop. “A Method for a Multi-scale Landscape Typology and Characterisation in a Trans-regional Context Useful as a GIS-landscape Database. The Case of Belgium.” Abstractenboek De Belgische Geografendagen. BEVAS, 2008. Print.