• Overview

Landscape Research

The approach of landscape in the Landscape Research group builds on a long tradition, initiated by the holistic and essentially interdisciplinary approach of the regional geography, which is unique in Flanders

Landscape science combines many different research disciplines, such as physical geography, social geography, landscape history, archaeology, landscape ecology, spatial planning, landscape planning and -management, landscape architecture, environmental sciences and environmental psychology.

The study of landscapes is based on the holistic and essentially interdisciplinary approach applied in regional geography, in which aerial photograph interpretation, land characterisation and -survey and GIS are common techniques. The approach is fundamentally integrated (interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary) and integrates a wide variety of topics, characterised by a regional and spatial differentiation.

The need for fundamental landscape research is growing because of the fast changes in our environment. Many applied sciences such as regional and environmental planning (impact assessment), land evaluation and management, etc. require this fundamental knowledge, and the demand is still growing.

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Recent publications

Ooms, Dupont, Lapon, Popelka (2015) — Accuracy and precision of fixation locations recorded with the low-cost Eye Tribe tracker in different experimental setups.

Dupont (2016) — Take a look at the landscape!: an eye-tracking study of landscape observation and its influencing factors.

Dupont, Ooms, Antrop, Van Eetvelde (2016) — Comparing saliency maps and eye-tracking focus maps: the potential use in visual impact assessment based on landscape photographs.