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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2020

Landscape perception: linking physical monitoring data to perceived landscape properties

Hedblom, M.; Hedenas, H.; Blicharska, M.; Adler, S.; Knez, I; Mikusinski, G.; Svensson, J.; Sandstrom, S.; Sandstrom, P.; Wardle, D. A.

Abstract

Changes in the landscape affect not only people's well-being but also how people perceive and use the landscape. An increasing number of policies have highlighted the importance of conserving a landscape's recreational and aesthetical values. This study develops and evaluates a model that links people's perceptions of a mountain landscape to physical monitoring data. Using a questionnaire, we revealed how respondents working with the Swedish mountains characterise the Magnificent Mountain landscape (as defined by Swedish policy objectives) and translated these characteristics into data from the National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden (NILS). We found 14 potential indicators that could be derived from the existing NILS physical monitoring data and which could be used to monitor changes in the landscape values as perceived by people. Based on the results, we suggest how to simultaneously utilise field sampling of physical data and field photos to provide temporal information about landscape perception.

Keywords

Landscape preference; mountain landscapes; place attachment; space; National Inventory of Landscapes in Sweden

Published in

Landscape Research
2020, volume: 45, number: 2, pages: 179-192
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Blicharska, Malgorzata
Uppsala University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Knez, Igor
University of Gävle
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecology
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, School for Forest Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Resource Management
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Forest Ecology and Management
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Blicharska, Malgorzata
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Biodiversity Centre

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG3 Good health and wellbeing

UKÄ Subject classification

Human Geography

Publication Identifiers

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2019.1611751

URI (permanent link to this page)

https://res.slu.se/id/publ/100601