Envisioning future landscapes in the environmentally sensitive areas of Scotland

Simpson, I. A., Parsisson, D., Hanley, N. and Bullock, C. H. (1997) Envisioning future landscapes in the environmentally sensitive areas of Scotland. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 22(3), pp. 307-320. (doi:10.1111/j.0020-2754.1997.00307.x)

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Abstract

Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) designated under EC Structure Regulation 797/85 now cover 1.4 million ha of the Scottish countryside and are likely to make a substantial contribution to the regulation of landscape change. Visual changes to landscapes with (policy on) and without (policy off) the ESA programme in two Scottish ESA areas, Breadalbane and the Machair, are predicted through impact-assessment procedures and computer manipulation of photographic images. The methodological requirements for such predictions are outlined and substantial differences in landscape characteristics under policy on/off scenarios are revealed. Such approaches to landscape change are an essential foundation for the development of environmental cost-benefit analyses and will contribute to public consultation processes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Simpson, I. A., Parsisson, D., Hanley, N., and Bullock, C. H.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:0020-2754
ISSN (Online):1475-5661

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