Landscape Indicators

Assessing and Monitoring Landscape Quality

  • Claudia Cassatella
  • Attilia Peano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Attilia Peano, Claudia Cassatella
    Pages 1-14
  3. Marta Bottero
    Pages 15-29
  4. Claudia Cassatella, Angioletta Voghera
    Pages 31-46
  5. Francesca Finotto
    Pages 47-75
  6. Claudia Cassatella
    Pages 105-140
  7. Angioletta Voghera
    Pages 141-165
  8. Marta Bottero
    Pages 167-192
  9. Attilia Peano, Marta Bottero, Claudia Cassatella
    Pages 193-215
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 214-214

About this book


In recent years EU policy towards the ‘landscape’ has become better defined, whereas at the same time the notion of ‘landscape’ itself remains elusive. The need for indicators to evaluate and monitor the effects of landscape policies and plans is urgent. What is more, landscape is one of the components considered in environmental reporting, but unlike air, soil, or water, it is difficult to measure using quantitative methods.

With studies on landscape indicators being as rare as they are, this volume is an attempt to fill the gap, dealing as it does with the definition and use of specific indicators for landscape assessment and monitoring. To tackle the diverse dimensions of the landscape (whose complexity is well known), the subject is approached by a multidisciplinary team of experts in landscape ecology, landscape history, landscape perception, regional planning, strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment procedures, and multi-criteria assessment methods. Individual chapters include comparative assessments of studies conducted thus far in the EU, as well as detailed analyses of ecological, historical, perceptive, land-use, and economic ways of looking at landscape.

As well as providing a rich source of references for researchers studying the landscape from a variety of perspectives, the book will be required reading for European officials involved at any level in planning or assessing the landscape or environment.


historic landscape land use landscape ecology landscape indicators regional planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Claudia Cassatella
    • 1
  • Attilia Peano
    • 2
  1. 1.Dipto. Interateneo TerritorioPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Dipto. Interateneo TerritorioPolitecnico di TorinoTorinoItaly

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