Understand and plan for landscape change

What you can do:
  • Explore potential future threats and opportunities of change
  • Involve diverse stakeholders in landscape planning and management
  • Guide decision-making for the benefit of cultural landscapes

Cultural landscapes in Europe are diverse, locally specific and undergo constant, and recently more rapid, changes. We shape the landscape, and the landscapes comprise diverse historical and social layers.

The hub is a tool to understand and learn about change in cultural landscapes, the driving forces behind it, and the emerging patterns and impacts on values attached to landscapes. The possibilities of the Hub go beyond mere use of satellite imagery, but it enables us to integrate diverse types of data on landscape practices and landscape change.

For landscape researchers the Hub can serve as a tool for available research analyses (automatic modelling, change detection, time series analyses, future dynamics forecasting). This allows for identification and monitoring of areas of rapid change or stability. At the same time, the Hub serves a tool for local-scale fieldwork. Researchers can use local-based knowledge or even crowdsource local knowledge to assess how change impacts people, thus enriching geospatial data with additional data.

For landscape professionals (e.g. landscape managers and planners or farmers), the Hub can serve as a major source for decision-making and policy targeting. The shared knowledge on landscape dynamics and values assists in making predictions and thus developing and applying targeted strategies for the sustainable protection, management and planning of cultural landscapes. The Hub enables to identify exact locations of hotspots of ecosystem services or disservices. Diverse stakeholders can be involved in planning through the participatory approach of the Hub.

For citizens, the Hub is a source of information on landscape change as well as a forum for knowledge sharing and exchange.

Discover some examples on how the HERCULES project has used the Knowledge Hub for understanding landscape changes: