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Summer school Land system Sciences 2019

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You will develop an integrated view on land-use change and landscape assessment. You learn to use/apply state-of-the-art data, tools and models for spatial analyses and efficiently translate your scientific findings to practitioners working in the field of land-use and landscape management.

Land use and the resulting landscape character is the result of complex human–environment interactions. The complexity of these processes increasingly challenges planners, environmental agencies and policy makers. In this summer school the students learn how science can support practitioners in their decisions on sustainable land-use/landscape development. They develop skills in data processing (remote sensing, 2D, 3D), apply a range of models (ranging from statistical models and frameworks to cellular automata), and learn about efficient tools for stakeholder involvement (e.g., landscape visualisation and perception by people). Topics addressed include urbanisation, land abandonment, ecosystem service mapping, conservation management, socio-economic development as well as conflict assessments between different land-use interests.



  • Interest in quantitative and qualitative analysis of complex land systems
  • interest in science-practice interfaces
  • basic knowledge in R, ArcGIS
  • NEW: motivation letter
  • NEW: 1-page short CV



Submission of motivation letter and CV: 15.1.2019

Information of acceptance: 21.1.2019

Registration for participation: 21.1.-15.3.2019

Deadline for payments: 15.3.2019



  • 700 CHF (accommodation and full board for the entire week).
  • Travels or transfers within Switzerland is not included.


  • Registration for participation will be possible after information of acceptance, from 1 February 2019.

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