701-1613-01L  Landscape Patterns and Processes

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersL. Pellissier, N. Bauer, D. Karger
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1613-01 GLandscape Patterns and Processes3 hrs
Mon09:15-12:00HG D 3.1 »
L. Pellissier, N. Bauer, D. Karger

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces landscapes as socially perceived, spatially and temporally dynamic entities that are shaped by natural and societal factors. Concepts and qualitative and quantitative methods to study landscapes from an ecological and societal perspective are presented. The course consists of a mixture of theoretical lectures and exercises or practical sessions.
ObjectiveStudents will learn:
- The use of spatial data and analyses for quantifying patterns and processes in landscapes
- Concepts and methods to quantify functional connectivity in landscapes and seascapes.
- The use of remote sensing (satellites images, drones) to extract information about landscape structure and change, with a focus on land-use.
- The use of landscape genetics and its application to biodiversity conservation.
- To computationally optimize land-use planning problems.
- Concepts and methods in scenario-based land-use change modelling.
- Concepts of social preference of landscapes and related measurement methods.
- The role of landscape features in influencing human well-being.
- Approaches of actively influencing attitudes and behavior toward landscapes as well as their scientific evaluation.
ContentThematic topics
1. Ecological quantification of landscape patterns:
- Landscape resources and green infrastructure (e.g., ecological conservation areas).
- Landscape and seascape connectivity.
- Landscape genetics and conservation applications.
- Concepts of spatial quantitative methods: least cost paths, resistance surfaces, Circuitscape, land-use change models, various statistical methods.
- Image processing from remote sensing from satellites and drones.
- Modelling future land-use.
- Spatial optimization and trade-offs relative to biodiversity, agriculture and energy production.

2. Social perception and of landscapes:
- Theories on landscape preference and place identity.
- Role of landscapes for recreation, health and well-being
- Methods of investigating the human-landscape relationship and evaluating interventions
Lecture notesHandouts will be available in the course and for download
Prerequisites / NoticeBasic Landscape Ecology courses at Bachelor level
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Project Managementfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersL. Pellissier, N. Bauer, D. Karger
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementStudents are only allowed for the exam if they passed at least 80% of the weekly compulsory continuous performance assessment.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Additional information on mode of examination- compulsory continuous performance assessment: At least 80% of the weekly compulsory continuous performance assessment must be completed (pass/fail). These elements mainly consist of quizzes, R-code, and solving short exercises. More details will be announced by the beginning of the semester.
- The grade is determined by the written session exam (100%).
Written aidsNone
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkHandouts Advanced Landscape Research
Only public learning materials are listed.


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