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
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.
A common transnational database
containing aerial images and standardized land use data of
all project partners will be accessible over a geographic
This spatial database becomes the basis for the standardized
analysis of landscape structure and diversity in the protected