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Application of Information Systems for Calculations of Indicators of Aesthetic Assessment of Landscapes

A. Yu. Bibaeva, A. A. Makarov

In conditions of increasing anthropogenic transformation of the natural environment, the landscapes aesthetic properties are a unique and scarce resource for restoring the psycho-emotional state of a person. The study and evaluation of aesthetic resources of the territory is an actual research task. The study area is the landscape of the central ecological zone of the lake Baikal within the Irkutsk region. Because the study area is mountainous area, the relief plays an important factor in the formation of landscapes. The article describes a technique for calculating complex indices of aesthetic assessment of landscapes based on a digital terrain model using the geoinformation system Quantum GIS. The methodology is based on an understanding of the functional relationship between the species site and the landscape composition structure in the geographic location system. The following complex indicators are distinguished: the steepness and exposure of inclined surfaces, the discontinuity of the relief, the belonging of the species site to the morphographic type and the relief element. All indicators describe both the observation conditions and the structure of the landscape composition, they characterize the properties of the species site and the landscape. These indicators characterize the space of the perceived landscape (the main objects of perception, geotopological relief lines) and the depth of the landscape perspective.

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Bibaeva A.Yu., Makarov A.A. Application of Information Systems for Calculations of Indicators of Aesthetic Assessment of Landscapes. The Bulletin of Irkutsk State University. Series Earth Sciences, 2018, vol. 24, pp. 17-33. https://doi.org/10.26516/2073-3402.2018.24.17. (in Russian)

geoinformation system, complex indicators, landscape, morphometric characteristics, relief, aesthetic evaluation, Quantum GIS

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