The Institute develops methodological and strategic approaches to tackling interdisciplinary problems at all scales that arise as a product of the requirements of the ecoystem of environmental resources, the sustainable development of infrastructure systems, and the functional as well as aesthetic design of landscapes.
The aim of the research approach is to develop spatial and design-oriented approaches to enhancing the quality of landscape as a basis for the sustainable development of spaces and regions based on an understanding of landscape as a complex system of environmental processes and multi-functional use requirements. Fundamental in this context is the relationships between landscape planning and ecology on the one hand and urban planning, civil engineering and agriculture on the other.
The Institute can draw on extensive experience in both fundamental and application-oriented research and the coordination of interdisciplinary projects at a local, national and international level with numerous partners from the fields of research, administration and industry. The Institute’s facilities include a GIS laboratory equipped with a full range of hardware and software for geodata processing as well as CAD, modelling and visualization, and digital image editing and layout, as well as a specialist library and map archive.
At present, the Institute is working on projects in the following fields:
- Ecological management of water resources
- Resilient and adaptable urban development
- Open space and the landscape as ecological infrastructure
- Flood protection and multi-functional flood plain development
- Process-oriented design and planning strategies
- Moor ecology and the climatic relevance of moorland
- Landscape fragmentation and re-networking
- Renewable energy resources in land-use development
- Methodological approaches to landscape assessment
- Model-supported scenario techniques in participation and geodesign (HG)
- The social determinants of how landscape is perceived
- International, inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation