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Where snow is a landmark: route direction elements in Alpine contexts


Egorova, Ekaterina; Tenbrink, Thora; Purves, Ross S (2015). Where snow is a landmark: route direction elements in Alpine contexts. In: Fabrikant, Sara I; Raubal, Martin; Bertolotto, Michela; Davies, Clare; Freundschuh, Scott; Bell, Scott. Spatial Information Theory. 12th International Conference, COSIT 2015, Santa Fe, NM, USA, October 12-16, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer, 175-195.

Abstract

Route directions research has mostly focused on urban space so far, highlighting human concepts of street networks based on a range of recurring elements such as route segments, decision points, landmarks and actions. We explored the way route directions reflect the features of space and activity in the context of mountaineering. Alpine route directions are only rarely segmented through decision points related to reorientation; instead, segmentation is based on changing topography. Segments are described with various degrees of detail, depending on difficulty. For landmark description, direction givers refer to prop‐ erties such as type of surface, dimension, colour of landscape features; terrain properties (such as snow) can also serve as landmarks. Action descriptions reflect the geometrical conceptualization of landscape features and dimensionality of space. Further, they are very rich in the semantics of manner of motion.

Abstract

Route directions research has mostly focused on urban space so far, highlighting human concepts of street networks based on a range of recurring elements such as route segments, decision points, landmarks and actions. We explored the way route directions reflect the features of space and activity in the context of mountaineering. Alpine route directions are only rarely segmented through decision points related to reorientation; instead, segmentation is based on changing topography. Segments are described with various degrees of detail, depending on difficulty. For landmark description, direction givers refer to prop‐ erties such as type of surface, dimension, colour of landscape features; terrain properties (such as snow) can also serve as landmarks. Action descriptions reflect the geometrical conceptualization of landscape features and dimensionality of space. Further, they are very rich in the semantics of manner of motion.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:15 Jan 2016 07:43
Last Modified:31 Dec 2016 01:00
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0302-9743
ISBN:978-3-319-23373-4
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-23374-1_9

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