Geomatics in physiognomic landscape research – A Dutch view

  • Ron van Lammeren Wageningen University


Geomatics is a technology and service sector focussing on the acquisition, storage, analysis and management of geographically referenced information for improved decision-making. Landscape physiognomic and research –and its GI science application. The geomatics developments since 40 years confront us with many new algorithms and a variety of geo data. Due to these the interest in physiognomic research has been increased. This article links the variety of geodata and its processing functions to the landscape physiognomic research framework. This link is based on an overview of the geo data, the intended applications in landscape physiognomic research and the functions to perform.

The article provides an overview of geographical data using/driving methods and applications that may support physiognomic landscape research that longs from methods that rely on geo-data that ranges from a administratively defined (INSPIRE), professional experiment acquired  up to collected by volunteers. These methods may act manifold: describe, proof and project of space as could be perceived, imagined and created from both perspectives affectively and cognitively. Besides to communicate results the methods include persistently also analysis by visualization. Other findings are the interest in changing objects of the landscape and perception via moving subjects.


Author Biography

Ron van Lammeren, Wageningen University
Associate professor of Geo-Information at the Centre for Geo-Information, Wageningen University (the Netherlands). His dissertation entitled Computer use in regional spatial planning (in Dutch) is an early investigation on GIS-support of Dutch regional spatial planning activities. Currently his research focuses on 3D visualisation of land use and landscape changes, quantitative landscape characteristics, participatory planning GIS and location based decision interfaces. He is also programme director of the MSc-programme Geographical Sciences – Geo-Information Management and Applications (GIMA), a joint activity of four renowned universities: Utrecht University, Delft University of Technology, ITC Enschede and Wageningen University.
How to Cite
VAN LAMMEREN, Ron. Geomatics in physiognomic landscape research – A Dutch view. Research in Urbanism Series, [S.l.], v. 2, p. 73-97, sep. 2011. ISSN 1879-8217. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 14 july 2020. doi:


geomatics; GI Science; visual landscape research; GIS; landscape planning, design and management; landscape physiognomy; landscape perception; urban planning and design; landscape architecture; research methodology; Web 2.0; digital landscape model