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Title: Contribution towards understanding the categorisation of landforms.
Author: Williams, Maia Charlotte
Advisor: Painho, Marco
Kuhn, Werner
Berlanga Llavori, Rafael
Canut, Carlos Granell
Keywords: Cognitive geography
Geographic information systems (GIS)
Landform categorisation
Landform terms
Defense Date: 3-Mar-2011
Series/Report no.: Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies;TGEO0051
Abstract: Categorisation in the geographic domain, including landform categorisation, is more subject to influence by cultural, linguistic, environmental and individual factors, than other domains. The study presented in this dissertation investigates the influence of landscape variation on the landform categories used by non-experts. Video-elicitation methods were used in interviews with inhabitants of two distinct landscape types, in Portugal. One study site was mountainous and topographically varied, while the other consisted of more homogenous, gently undulating terrain. Interview responses indicated that participants used more landform terms in descriptions of familiar landscapes. Specific place recognition was another stimulant for an increase in landform categorisation detail. Additionally, the participant group from the more homogeneous landscape had a smaller landform vocabulary, and primarily used variations on a core set of landform terms to describe topographic eminences. The other group had a much larger and more varied vocabulary.(...)
Description: Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies.
Appears in Collections:NIMS - MSc Dissertations Geospatial Technologies (Erasmus-Mundus)

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