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The aim of the HABITAT project is to create internationally comparable landscape data for alpine protected areas on the basis of colour infrared aerial photographs.

The main concern is thus in the beginning to obtain aerial images in comparable quality and to develop a common interpretation key for the standardized description of land use types in the participating partner areas.

This key is based on an already existing hierarchical code, which will be extended to include the characteristic alpine landscape types of the project partners.

Within the frame of the Alpine Network of Protected Areas modern methods of interpreting aerial photographs and of analysing digital spatial data, which have been successfully applied for many years in Berchtesgaden National Park, will be transferred to ten other regions of the alpine arc.


Building on this, the participating protected areas relate the CIR land use types determined through the aerial photographs to the corresponding NATURA 2000 habitat types (annex I Habitat Directive) and develop common rules for the long term monitoring of the interpreted areas.

Photo: Parco Nazionale
Dolomiti Bellunesi

A common transnational database containing aerial images and standardized land use data of all project partners will be accessible over a geographic information system.

This spatial database becomes the basis for the standardized analysis of landscape structure and diversity in the protected areas.


Last update: 24.06.07
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