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Landscape Diagnosis as a Geographical Contribution to Landscape Management

H. Barsch and G. Schönfelder
GeoJournal
Vol. 7, No. 2, Landscape Synthesis (1983), pp. 161-166
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41143031
Page Count: 6
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Landscape Diagnosis as a Geographical Contribution to Landscape Management
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Abstract

Geographical analysis, diagnosis and prognosis of landscape centre on regional questions. Within this framework landscape diagnosis helps to evaluate capabilities of or hazards to landscape elements or landscape units, starting from an analysis of the equipment of the landscape and of land use patterns, taking into account tendencies of their development. Landscape diagnosis is connected with landscape prognosis, which characterizes conditions and processes of changes in the landscape and contributes to decision making with regard to landscape development. Examples from the densely populated areas round Halle and Karl-Marx-Stadt and the fruit-growing Havel region around Potsdam will serve to show that small-scaled and medium-scaled landscape diagnoses can be developed as secondary diagnoses mainly on the basis of thematic maps, which can then be used in the offices for regional planning in the GDR. Large-scaled landscape diagnoses, however, will be shown as directly derived from field data and as immediately applicable (as a working basis) to landscape management. The synthetic aspect, which takes into consideration the present state and the development of landscape as a whole, will apply to all scales.

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