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Analysing Visual Quality in Relation to Landscape Change Scenarios: An Assessment of the Requirements

The focus of the research is on issues of landscape quality and value, and in particular how changes in landscape impact upon visual quality. The study is designed to develop the capacity of partners to tackle understand public reactions to changes in land use, and the implications for the aesthetics of the landscape.The research programme draws on knowledge from different disciplines, and different countries, with a partner from the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences collaborating with the Landscape Change Science Group of the Macaulay Institute in Aberdeen.

Through combining different scientific backgrounds (eg spatial modelling, environmental psychology, landscape use planning) and professional practioners, the study seeks to address the pressures for change, and the implications of changes in land use on the landscape, and in particular its visual qualities. This interdisciplinary approach is essential in order to develop a common understanding of the key issues associated with landscape value and visual quality.