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VISUAL RESOURCE ASSESSMENT: A COMPARISON OF TWO APPROACHES

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Date Issued:
1982
Summary:
This thesis investigates and applies methods for evaluating the visual landscape for scenic and recreational purposes. Two specific approaches--the METLAND (quantitative) approach and the McHarg (qualitative) approach--are applied to a case study of two sites in Broward County, Florida. Data sources for the study include Florida Land Use and Cover Classification maps, the Vegetation Inventory for Broward County, and a survey of professional evaluators. Visual resource assessment of these sites is illustrated through a step by step process and should provide a basis for future assessment of additional sites. The McHarg approach is found to be more expeditious for small scale studies, while the METLAND approach is more efficient for multi-objective or regional analysis. Also, the METLAND quantitative approach increases the objectivity of assessment. The final chapter evaluates the two approaches used and provides recommendations for future research in the area of visual resource assessment.
Title: VISUAL RESOURCE ASSESSMENT: A COMPARISON OF TWO APPROACHES.
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Name(s): BERNSTEIN, ARLA GAIL.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Schultz, Ronald R., Thesis advisor
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Department of Geosciences
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1982
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 114 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: This thesis investigates and applies methods for evaluating the visual landscape for scenic and recreational purposes. Two specific approaches--the METLAND (quantitative) approach and the McHarg (qualitative) approach--are applied to a case study of two sites in Broward County, Florida. Data sources for the study include Florida Land Use and Cover Classification maps, the Vegetation Inventory for Broward County, and a survey of professional evaluators. Visual resource assessment of these sites is illustrated through a step by step process and should provide a basis for future assessment of additional sites. The McHarg approach is found to be more expeditious for small scale studies, while the METLAND approach is more efficient for multi-objective or regional analysis. Also, the METLAND quantitative approach increases the objectivity of assessment. The final chapter evaluates the two approaches used and provides recommendations for future research in the area of visual resource assessment.
Identifier: 14104 (digitool), FADT14104 (IID), fau:10918 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1982.
Subject(s): Landscape assessment
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