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Virtual worlds - real decisions? The alps in a modeller's nutshell: thematic synthesis report and outlook, research focus V "Virtual representation", National Research Programme NRP 48 "landscape and habitats of the Alps"


Walz, A; Gloor, C; Bepi, P; Fischlin, A; Lange, E; Nagel, K; Allgöwer, B (2008). Virtual worlds - real decisions? The alps in a modeller's nutshell: thematic synthesis report and outlook, research focus V "Virtual representation", National Research Programme NRP 48 "landscape and habitats of the Alps". Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich.

Abstract

With landscapes there is no room for experimentation. Real changes to the landscape become an indelible part of it – mostly for decades or even centuries. That is why level-headed and foresighted planning is required before final decisions are made. Computer-based models allow the testing and visualization of development options and decision alternatives. For this reason virtual representation of landscape processes is gaining increasing importance in planning.

The Thematic Synthesis Report V of the National Research Programme 48 "Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps" shows the potential of computer-based models and visualizations for spatial and landscape planning and examines the current state of research. The models developed within NRP 48 deal with the most important issues in spatial and landscape planning in the Alps – mechanisms and landscape changes through changing agricultural use patterns, tourism and intensive settlement development, and changes in the natural hazards potential due to global warming. Synthesis Report V throws light on chances and obstacles of models and visualizations in planning practice and demonstrates how the formulation of use cases facilitates the development and improvement of computer-based models and the corresponding software for the world of practice.

Abstract

With landscapes there is no room for experimentation. Real changes to the landscape become an indelible part of it – mostly for decades or even centuries. That is why level-headed and foresighted planning is required before final decisions are made. Computer-based models allow the testing and visualization of development options and decision alternatives. For this reason virtual representation of landscape processes is gaining increasing importance in planning.

The Thematic Synthesis Report V of the National Research Programme 48 "Landscapes and Habitats of the Alps" shows the potential of computer-based models and visualizations for spatial and landscape planning and examines the current state of research. The models developed within NRP 48 deal with the most important issues in spatial and landscape planning in the Alps – mechanisms and landscape changes through changing agricultural use patterns, tourism and intensive settlement development, and changes in the natural hazards potential due to global warming. Synthesis Report V throws light on chances and obstacles of models and visualizations in planning practice and demonstrates how the formulation of use cases facilitates the development and improvement of computer-based models and the corresponding software for the world of practice.

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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:09 Feb 2009 11:24
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:58
Publisher:vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich
Series Name:Nationales Forschungsprogramm 48, "Landschaften und Lebensräume der Alpen"
Number of Pages:122
ISBN:978-3-7281-3203-1
Official URL:http://www.vdf.ethz.ch/info/showDetails.asp?isbnNr=3203
Related URLs:https://www.zora.uzh.ch/13045/

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