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Geospatial tools for landscape character assessment in Cyprus
Author(s): N. P. Symons; I. N. Vogiatzakis; G. H. Griffiths; S. Warnock; V. Vassou; M. Zomeni; V. Trigkas
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Paper Abstract

The development of Landscape Typologies in Europe relies upon advances in geospatial tools and increasing availability of digital datasets. Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is a technique used to classify, describe and understand the combined physical, ecological and cultural characteristics of a landscape. LCA uses a range of data sources to identify and describe areas of common character and can operate at a range of scales i.e.national and regional and local. The paper describes the steps taken to develop an island wide landscape typology for Cyprus, based on the use of GIS and remote sensing tools. The methodology involved integrating physiographical, ecological and cultural information about the Cypriot landscape. Datasets on the cultural attributes (e.g. settlement and field patterns) were not available, so they were created de novo based on information from topographical maps (for settlement dispersion and density) and medium resolution satellite imagery from Google Earth, from which a number of distinctive field patterns could be distinguished. The mapping work is carried out on two levels using a hierarchical approach. The first level at a 1:100, 000 scale has been completed resulting in a map with 17 distinct landscape types. The second level is under way with the view of producing a more detailed landscape typology at 1:50, 000 scale which will incorporate the cultural aspects of the island. This is the first time that such a typology has been produced for Cyprus and it is expected to provide an invaluable tool for landscape planning and management.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 August 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8795, First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2013), 87951B (5 August 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2028355
Show Author Affiliations
N. P. Symons, Terra Cypria (Cyprus)
I. N. Vogiatzakis, Open Univ. of Cyprus (Cyprus)
G. H. Griffiths, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
S. Warnock, The Univ. of Reading (United Kingdom)
V. Vassou, Terra Cypria (Cyprus)
M. Zomeni, Open Univ. of Cyprus (Cyprus)
V. Trigkas, Open Univ. of Cyprus (Cyprus)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8795:
First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2013)
Diofantos G. Hadjimitsis; Kyriacos Themistocleous; Silas Michaelides; George Papadavid, Editor(s)

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