Master

Master

The study of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology finished with the the final exam on 23.01.2001.

The diploma thesis was about a "Landscape ecological vision for a multifunctional landscape. The example Pongau in the province of Salzburg". Multifunctional landscapes resemble dynamic structures that will be subject to manifold changes in the next few years and decades. Considering the sustainable utilisation of abiotic resources, these changes must not take their course without steering, but have to meet the requirements for fulfilling diverse functions of utilisation, protection and regulation. The author introduced a hierarchic model characterised by a systematic and transparent deduction and which, by application of semi-operational ways, aims to convert these efficiency potentials combined with social values into a Geographical Information System (GIS). In this respect, landscape guidelines intend to realise the envisioned state of spatial utilisation and pattern of landscape. Based on the spatially explicit pattern of utilisation, they provide information about the course of development which a functionally diverse landscape should take on the grounds of ecology-related scientific criteria. Furthermore, by obeying the requirements for a sustainable land-use, they outline the sustainable preservation of natural resources. They aim to designate zones for intensive and extensive landuse, which are selected according to location criteria and are combined with compensation zones for exploitation, protection and regulation. In the landscape, the pattern of zones exploited in diverse degrees of intensity and of protected ones allows for fulfilling a large number of functions, which may be combined with closing material cycles.

Keywords: sustainable land use, GIS, landscape ecology, ecological visionĀ