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Evaluation of cultural ecosystem services using GIS

Andersson Hylander, Sebastian LU (2015) In Master thesis in Geographical information science GISM01 20151
Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science
Abstract
This master project has been carried out in collaboration with a research project named “Valuation of cultural ecosystem services based on contributions to quality of life” at Lund University. In this thesis, Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) are evaluated from people’s own perceptions. The very aim of the study is to develop a method to assess CES non-monetarily by using a bottom-up perspective. People’s direct emotional response and CES are connected to locations and land cover classes.

Gullåkra mosse, located close to Staffanstorp, was used as study site. A smart phone application was developed for collecting data. It registers answers from participants, GPS coordinates and participants direction of view. All data was analysed... (More)
This master project has been carried out in collaboration with a research project named “Valuation of cultural ecosystem services based on contributions to quality of life” at Lund University. In this thesis, Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) are evaluated from people’s own perceptions. The very aim of the study is to develop a method to assess CES non-monetarily by using a bottom-up perspective. People’s direct emotional response and CES are connected to locations and land cover classes.

Gullåkra mosse, located close to Staffanstorp, was used as study site. A smart phone application was developed for collecting data. It registers answers from participants, GPS coordinates and participants direction of view. All data was analysed statistically and spatially. 18 people participated in the study and each participant was asked to choose three locations which were special and positive according to their own perceptions.

Four types of questions were asked regarding physical elements, environmental qualities, activities and emotional response. The questions capture CES and the affective well-being of the participants.
The location and view direction of each participant were obtained from the registered answers. The CES and its qualities were connected to specific land cover classes. Qualities of CES most closely related to affective well-being where established by selecting the area with the highest perceived affective well-being. A CES index, which makes it possible to rank CES, was developed.

The conclusion is that CES can be evaluated by considering people’s own perceptions. It suggests that it should be possible, with more research, to rank ecosystems in terms of CES on the basis of land cover classes. (Less)
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Inom ramen för ett masterarbete har en metod utvecklats som kopplar människors upplevelser av natur med den fysiska miljön i form av marktäckning. Deltagarna fick välja tre platser inom ett rekreationsområde som de tyckte var speciella. Med hjälp av en applikation i mobiltelefonen svarade de på frågor om vilka fysiska element som var viktiga, hur de uppfattade miljön, vilka aktiviteter som platsen lämpade sig för och hur de kände sig på platsen. Svaren analyserades tillsammans med klassificeringar av marktäckningen inom området som utgick från flygfoton och observationer på plats. Studien visar att det är möjligt att särskilja och värdera platser utifrån upplevelse i kombination med den fysiska miljön med hjälp av GIS i ett specifik och... (More)
Inom ramen för ett masterarbete har en metod utvecklats som kopplar människors upplevelser av natur med den fysiska miljön i form av marktäckning. Deltagarna fick välja tre platser inom ett rekreationsområde som de tyckte var speciella. Med hjälp av en applikation i mobiltelefonen svarade de på frågor om vilka fysiska element som var viktiga, hur de uppfattade miljön, vilka aktiviteter som platsen lämpade sig för och hur de kände sig på platsen. Svaren analyserades tillsammans med klassificeringar av marktäckningen inom området som utgick från flygfoton och observationer på plats. Studien visar att det är möjligt att särskilja och värdera platser utifrån upplevelse i kombination med den fysiska miljön med hjälp av GIS i ett specifik och småskaligt område. Projektet är utfört inom ramen för Kulturella ekosystemtjänster och livskvalitet, ett forskningsprojekt finansierat av Naturvårdsverket. (Less)
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author
Andersson Hylander, Sebastian LU
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course
GISM01 20151
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
GIS, Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis, cultural ecosystem services, smart phone application, quality of life
publication/series
Master thesis in Geographical information science
report number
42
language
English
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7754236
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2015-08-28 12:25:00
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  abstract     = {This master project has been carried out in collaboration with a research project named “Valuation of cultural ecosystem services based on contributions to quality of life” at Lund University. In this thesis, Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) are evaluated from people’s own perceptions. The very aim of the study is to develop a method to assess CES non-monetarily by using a bottom-up perspective. People’s direct emotional response and CES are connected to locations and land cover classes.

Gullåkra mosse, located close to Staffanstorp, was used as study site. A smart phone application was developed for collecting data. It registers answers from participants, GPS coordinates and participants direction of view. All data was analysed statistically and spatially. 18 people participated in the study and each participant was asked to choose three locations which were special and positive according to their own perceptions.

Four types of questions were asked regarding physical elements, environmental qualities, activities and emotional response. The questions capture CES and the affective well-being of the participants.
The location and view direction of each participant were obtained from the registered answers. The CES and its qualities were connected to specific land cover classes. Qualities of CES most closely related to affective well-being where established by selecting the area with the highest perceived affective well-being. A CES index, which makes it possible to rank CES, was developed.

The conclusion is that CES can be evaluated by considering people’s own perceptions. It suggests that it should be possible, with more research, to rank ecosystems in terms of CES on the basis of land cover classes.},
  author       = {Andersson Hylander, Sebastian},
  keyword      = {GIS,Physical Geography and Ecosystem Analysis,cultural ecosystem services,smart phone application,quality of life},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Master thesis in Geographical information science},
  title        = {Evaluation of cultural ecosystem services using GIS},
  year         = {2015},
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