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Mapping Landscape Perception: An Assessment with Public Participation Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Techniques

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Department of Geography, Universitat Rovirai Virgili, c/Joanot Martorell, 15, 43480 Vila-seca, Spain
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Department of Geography, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, av/Rio de Janeiro, 56-58, 08016 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editors: Pedro Miguel Ramos Arsénio and Patricia María Rodríguez González
Land 2021, 10(6), 632; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060632
Received: 14 April 2021 / Revised: 22 May 2021 / Accepted: 12 June 2021 / Published: 14 June 2021
Mapping cognitive landscape perception is hindered by the difficulty of representing opinions that are spatially distributed in a heterogeneous way or not restricted by the locations of physical elements in the landscape. In recent years, the use of tools based on geographic information techniques has gained momentum in landscape assessment. We propose a methodology for generalizing cognitive landscape opinions on a spatial basis. To this end, we used a public participatory geographic information system to collect data, which is a method based on bipolar adjectives to approach users’ opinions, and the inverse distance weighted spatial interpolator and multi-criteria evaluation to undertake the spatial analysis. The study was conducted in the Ebro Delta, which is a protected wetland in northeastern Spain. The assessment was based on 1593 georeferenced opinions and resulted in a continuous geographic map of 330 km2 depicting positive and negative perceptions about the landscape. The area under study was perceived as productive, interesting, attractive, and, for the most part, quiet and peaceful, although it was seen as dirty in some parts. The method successfully mapped cognitive landscape opinions and establishes a novel procedure in landscape approaches. View Full-Text
Keywords: cognitive landscape assessment; PPGIS; IDW; MCE; Ebro Delta cognitive landscape assessment; PPGIS; IDW; MCE; Ebro Delta
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Palacio Buendía, A.V.; Pérez-Albert, Y.; Serrano Giné, D. Mapping Landscape Perception: An Assessment with Public Participation Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Techniques. Land 2021, 10, 632. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060632

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Palacio Buendía AV, Pérez-Albert Y, Serrano Giné D. Mapping Landscape Perception: An Assessment with Public Participation Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Techniques. Land. 2021; 10(6):632. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060632

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Palacio Buendía, Amalia V., Yolanda Pérez-Albert, and David Serrano Giné. 2021. "Mapping Landscape Perception: An Assessment with Public Participation Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Analysis Techniques" Land 10, no. 6: 632. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10060632

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