Thursday , 19 October 2017

RESEARCH ARTICLE

RESEARCH ARTICLE

Competing Wind Energy Discourses, Contested Landscapes

Photo reproduced with kind permission of Tom Sidji, www.tomsidji.de

The impairment of landscapes is a concern constantly raised against wind energy developments in Germany as in other countries. Often, landscapes or landscape types are treated in the literature as essentialist or at least as uncontested categories. We analyse two examples of local controversies about wind energy, in which “landscape” is employed by supporters and opponents alike, from a poststructuralist …

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Sustainable noise abatement along motorways in Germany – an empirical study in the municipality Frasdorf (Bavaria)

As part of the planned expansion work of the motorway A8 between Rosenheim and Salzburg and the associated legal opportunity to develop new traffic noise protection measures, this study investigated properties of sustainable noise abatement in a community next to the A8. A two-stage empirical survey was conducted integrating a citizen and an expert Delphi survey. The results show that the noise from the …

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Detecting Land Use And Land Cover Changes In Northern German Agricultural Landscapes To Assess Ecosystem Service Dynamics

Land use and land cover (LULC) and their changes in share and number of classes can be documented by remote sensing techniques. Information on LULC is needed for the assessment of ecosystem services and is used as input data for mapping and modelling. This information is important for decision-making and management of ecosystems and landscapes. In this study, LULC were …

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Scenario Methodology for Modelling of Future Landscape Developments as Basis for Assessing Ecosystem Services

The ecosystems of our intensively used European landscapes produce a variety of natural goods and services for the benefit of humankind, and secure the basics and quality of life. Because these ecosystems are still undergoing fundamental changes, the interest of the society is to know more about future developments and their ecological impacts. To describe and analyze these changes, scenarios …

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Density, Spatial Pattern and Relief Features of Sacred Sites in Northern Morocco

Sacred sites are of conservation value because of their spiritual meaning, as cultural heritage and as remnants of near-natural biotopes in landscapes strongly transformed by man. The vegetation of sacred sites in Morocco was studied recently. Information about their number, spatial pattern or relief position is fragmentary. However, these parameters are important to evaluate their role as refuge for organisms …

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Structure and Process – Influence of Historical Agriculture of Linear Flow Paths by Extreme Rainfall in Brandenburg

Long-term erosion forecast can completely misinterpret in extreme events in plain regions. Flow paths are well represented in the plain using digital elevation models in the 1-m grid (DEM1). The scale of the erosion process models and the elevation models is comparable. With it instruments are available to improve the erosion simulation. Simulations, based on (R)USLE family and bigger grid …

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Impact of wild herbivorous mammals and birds on the altitudinal and northern treeline ecotones

Wild herbivorous mammals may damage treeline vegetation an cause soil erosion at a local scale. In many high mountain areas of Europe and North America, large numbers of red deer have become a threat to the maintenance of high-elevation forests and attempts to restore the climatic treeline. In northern Fennoscandia, overgrazing by reindeer in combination with mass outbreaks of the …

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Peninsula Effects on Birds in a Coastal Landscape: Are Coves More Species Rich than Lobes?

Long-term erosion forecast can completely misinterpret in extreme events in plain regions. Flow paths are well represented in the plain using digital elevation models in the 1-m grid (DEM1). The scale of the erosion process models and the elevation models is comparable. With it instruments are available to improve the erosion simulation. Simulations, based on (R)USLE family and bigger grid …

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Swiss Tree Lines – a GIS-Based Approximation

Mountain timber lines are relevant in the context of land abandonment and climate change. For Switzerland, GIS-compliant delimitations of the tree line and the forest line are still lacking. Recent high-resolution landcover information offers new possibilities for GIS-based approaches. In a Swiss-wide study, an analysis based on slope zones was combined with a moving-window analysis to assess tree and forest …

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Biorefineries: Relocating Biomass Refineries to the Rural Area

The field for application of biomass is rising. The demand for food and feeding stuff rises while at the same time energy, chemicals and other materials also need to be produced from biomass because of decreasing fossil resources. However, the biorefinery ideas and concepts can help to use the limited renewable raw materials more efficiently than today. With biorefineries, valuable …

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