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Assessing Temporal Changes in the Reservation of the Natural Aesthetic Resource Using Pictorial Content Analysis and a Grid-based Scoring System - the Example of Tasmania, Australia

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Mendel, L and Kirkpatrick, JB, Assessing Temporal Changes in the Reservation of the Natural Aesthetic Resource Using Pictorial Content Analysis and a Grid-based Scoring System - the Example of Tasmania, Australia, Landscape and Urban Planning, 43, (4) pp. 181-190. ISSN 0169-2046 (1999) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0169-2046(98)00111-X

Abstract

One of the main aims of National Park systems is to preserve in perpetuity areas of outstanding natural aesthetic significance. There is both historical and contemporary interest in understanding the degree to which these systems capture the natural aesthetic resource. In Tasmania, pictorial content analysis was used to quantify the relative contributions of different natural landscape elements to the resource, using pictorial content analysis in three time periods. The relative weights of the elements differed little between the time periods. Scores for the resource within 10 km x 10 km grid squares were derived, based largely on these weights, and changes in reservation of the resource were quantified for 1937, 1970 and 1992. There was a marked increase in the absolute representation of the natural aesthetic resource through time, although mean scores for grid squares declined in toto and for all scenic elements except coasts. The techniques used could be valuable for both assessing and planning the expansion of reserve systems.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Conservation and Biodiversity
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Mendel, L (Dr Louise Mendel)
Author:Kirkpatrick, JB (Professor James Kirkpatrick)
ID Code:16565
Year Published:1999
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1999-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-05
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