854318 Landscape planning project (landscape planning, recreational planning, environment protection and planning, spatial planning, water planning)

Project course
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Thaler, Thomas , Mpofu, Ephraim , Schindelegger, Arthur
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction
Deutsch, Englisch


Natural hazards have always determined people's lives, especially in the Alps. Through a careful choice of settlement locations and a variety of adaptation measures, people have learned to live with natural hazards over the centuries and at the same time have been repeatedly affected by their destructive power. The targeted management of torrents and avalanches began in Austria as early as 1884 and since then the Alpine republic has been one of the countries in the world with the most comprehensive natural hazard management. A variety of protective measures made it possible to develop settlement areas that were historically inaccessible. Large areas of alluvial fans and lowlands were built on, relying on protective measures.

Taking into account climatic changes and the ongoing expansion of settlement areas, natural hazard management faces various challenges: What level of protection needs to be established? What residual risk remains? How can we safely develop our settlements? What potential does landscape have to avert danger?

The project aims to provide comprehensive basic knowledge of natural hazard management in Austria and to carry out independent studies on hazard exposure and spatial development based on specific regions. After the general introduction to the topic via lecture units, the excursion will provide the basis for independent work.

Important Dates
Course Starts: 27. Feb 2024
Excursion Salzburg: Apr 22-25 2024
Final Presentation: 25 June 2024

Previous knowledge expected

•Basic knowledge of spatial planning in Austria
•GIS skills

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

•Comprehensive knowledge of natural hazard management and the role of prevention
•Conception of a research design and implementation
•Processing of field research results
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.