Maps used in the Earth and Economics MSc course Assessing the landscape. The landscape is the visible result of human interaction with its physical surroundings. This subject introduces the concept of landscape, discuss various ways to classify and value landscapes and show how such values can be mapped and analyzed. 

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Course objective

The landscape is the visible result of human interaction with its

physical surroundings. This subject introduces the concept of

landscape, discuss various ways to classify and value landscapes and

show how such values can be mapped and analysed. The analysis of

landscape values relates to issues such as openness, cultural history,

ecology, physical geography and perception. Such valuation efforts will

be applied in impact assessments of various types of spatial plans.

 

Course content

The following topics will be included in this course.

1. Introduction to the landscape concept and course outline:

differences between landscape, land use and land cover; examples of

well-known landscapes; classification attempts in the Netherlands and

abroad; recalling the Dutch historic-geographic landscapes.

2. Describing the main landscape components (openness, cultural

history, ecology and physical geography) and showing how these can be

implemented in spatial analysis;

3. Valuing landscapes: indicating differences in perspectives between,

for example, experts and general public.

4. Economic valuation of landscape values: introducing stated and

revealed preference methods and applying these to find the value of

open space.

5. Impact assessments: what threatens landscapes and how can we assess

impacts of, for example, road infrastructure, land consolidation and

urbanisation? Showing examples of existing GIS-based applications.

6. Landscape and planning: how are landscapes protected in the

Netherlands and abroad?

 

Form of tuition

The course consists of six lectures and several non-supervised

practical assignments. The results of the first assignments will be

discussed during the lectures. All assignments will be evaluated as

part of the final assessment. In addition a one-day field trip will be

organised to a location near Amsterdam to show a landscape threatened

by development, discuss its values and evaluate the role of policy in

protecting it. Active participation to the excursion is required.