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Landscape change monitoring in Alpine regions: decision making tools from remote sensing data for tourism development planning

C. Huggel, M. Zurflueh, D. Brander and H.C. Bodmer
Proceedings of the 20th EARSeL Symposium on Remote Sensing
Dresden, Germany, June 2000

Abstract

In many Alpine regions tourism is a driving force in the environmental development and influences landscape in various ways. In two test site in the Swiss Alps with different tourism impact changes in landscape were analysed over a period of more than 100 years. Temporal sequences of aerial photographs were mosaicked and classified according to feature classes relevant to changes in landscape. An IRS-LISS image was classified likewise and additionally first tests with IKONOS data were carried out. For the period before 1940 historical maps were digitized. All data was introduced into a GIS where landscape changes were analysed specifically. The results showed a massive impact of tourism industry on landscape in one of the test sites. A main focus was thereby set on changes in forest cover and forest habit in relation to construction activities and in a last step to the tourists' preferences.


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@InProceedings{eth_biwi_00193,
  author = {C. Huggel and M. Zurflueh and D. Brander and H.C. Bodmer},
  title = {Landscape change monitoring in Alpine regions: decision making tools from remote sensing data for tourism development planning},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 20th EARSeL Symposium on Remote Sensing},
  year = {2000},
  month = {June},
  publisher = {A. A. Balkema Rotterdam/Brookfield},
  keywords = {remote sensing, landscape change}
}