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Land use and GIS

Land use comprises the functions that humans apply to the Earth’s surface. Landscapes are formed by the interaction between biophysical conditions and human’s land use. The use of landscapes entails various functions, e.g. maintenance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as a clean water environment, recreation and food production.

We explore historical, present and future land use. We analyse how different functions in the landscape affect land use.

Scenario studies are a central research area. Here, we explore consequences of different societal prioritisations on land use and land use patterns.

In our research, we apply various datasets, such as different categorical maps, registers (e.g. agricultural registers), aerial photos and other remotely sensed data. For spatial modelling and analyses, we use geographical information systems (GIS) and image analysis (remote sensing) software.