854302 Landscape planning methods for land use mapping

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Zimmermann, Thomas
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


This course gives an introduction into vegetation assessment and mapping as applied in landscape planning. In this context, vegetation assessment and mapping is understood as a evidence-based method that delivers important information on land use, ecological factors (e.g. soil, climate), types of land managemend and cultivation as well as socio-economic trends which are tightly linked to land use.
During a field trip students will be introduced to the vegetations assessment method of Braun-Blanquet and learn about its relevance for planning projects concerned with land use and land use management.
The course includes a several-day long field trip. Each year the lecturer will chose a specific topic or vegetation type to work on.

Previous knowledge expected

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After completing this course, students will be able
> to identify the significant plants of the vegetation types assessed in the case study area
> to choose sample areas and conduct a vegetation assessment according to Braun Blanquet.
> to integrate other vegetation assessments in an existing phytosociological table
> to interprete vegetation types regarding their composition, habitat, cultivation and genesis.
> to review and use literature on vegetation assessments
> to conduct a vegetation mapping based on a mapping code which derives from independently conducted vegetation assessments.
> to identify the relevant natural and economical prepositions for vegetation types.
> to describe the interlink between economic and social circumstances on farms and vegetation
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.