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Landscape Monitoring

TheDepartment of Landscape Monitoring documents and analyses landscapes and landscape change. A range of different methods are in use, including mapping from aerial photographs, ground photography, various fieldwork, and analyses of different registries and databases. Information is gathered about land use and landscape elements, including their geographical distribution, locally and nationally.

We assess the effects of different types of landscape change, e.g. in relation to sustainability, as well as studying the driving forces behind the changes. To quantify and report on changes as accurately as possible, we also develop methods related to monitoring and documentation and we work with indicator development and testing.

The European Landscape Convention requires that every signatory country has an overview and awareness about the landscape as a national asset, and monitors landscape changes. This applies not only to the most spectacular landscapes, but also to what the Convention calls “everyday landscapes”. Some landscape changes are intentional and planned, whilst others are more or less unintentional and may occur as side effects of other changes in society. And while some landscape changes receive a lot of attention, others pass more or less unnoticed.

The Department of Landscape Monitoring is responsible for two national programmes: The Norwegian Monitoring Programme for Agricultural Landscapes (3Q), and the National Reference System for Landscapes. We communicate the findings of our monitoring and research widely: in the media, through presentations to NGOs and other organisations, and in workshops and conferences, regionally, nationally and internationally.

The Department of Landscape Monitoring has extensive research collaboration both within Norway and internationally.

Contact person:

Wenche Dramstad
Head of Department
(+47) 906 44 113