854319 Project in landscape planning

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


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.

The connection between the implementation of protective measures and settlement development in previously potentially endangered areas is generally assumed to be evident. However, there are few studies on this. The in-depth event is intended to trace precisely this historical development and, on the one hand, to record the implementation of protective measures and their effects and, on the other hand, settlement development and land use. It will therefore be the task to create a land use model.

The focus project is designed as an in-depth look at the Ordnungsplanerisches Projekt (No. 854318). Completion together is recommended. In principle, it is possible to book the LVA independently, but requires coordination with the LVA management.

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

Previous knowledge expected

•Basic knowledge of spatial planning in Austria
•Basic knowledge of natural hazard management 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.