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The Chair of Landscape Ecology and Landscape Planning puts ecology into a spatial planning context. Our approaches are therefore interdisciplinary and focussed on landscape function assessment on different spatial scales. Research activities comprise different modelling methodologies as well as development of strategies for sustainable land use systems including the whole range from natural or cultural landscapes to impacted or devastated areas.

Research of LLP comprises activities on different spatial scales:

  • Local level (with reference to specific projects or local authorities)
  • Regional level (with reference to specific landscapes, regions or federal states)
  • National level (Federal Republic of Germany)
  • International level (especially international scientific networks or co-operations with focus on Europe, Asia and USA)

Our research is focussed on following topics:

  • Cultural Landscapes
  • Effects of Climate Change on Ecosystems
  • Concepts for Sustainable Land Use
  • Effectiveness of Planning Instruments and Programmes and their Evaluation
  • Further Development of Landscape and Environmental Planning (including EIA, SEA)
  • GIS-based methods in environmental planning
  • Use of new media in planning (especially Internet technologies)
  • Participative planning instruments
  • Validation and Development of Landscape Function Assessment Methods, Visual Landscape Assessment, Land Valuation
  • Open Space Planning Research