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Vindkraftens påverkan på den svenska landskapsbilden: hur den kan presenteras och bedömas
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The influence of wind power to the Swedish landscape picture - how it can be presented and judged

Due to the expected expansion of existing Swedish wind power plants, the installation of new wind power stations may impact people's perspective of the country's landscape. Consequently, an extensive analysis of the existence of wind power plants and conservation of the current ‘landscape perspective', i.e., how the landscape is viewed, may be necessary. Because the aesthetics of landscapes and nature are purely subjective, changes to these may prove to be a difficult subject for environmental officers and regional authorities to address. The first purpose of this paper was to investigate Swedish legislation to determine how alterations of the Swedish landscape perspective can be controlled and which information is needed from an exploiter when building a new wind power plant. The second purpose was to investigate whether the used visualization methods were efficient enough to present the impact of a wind power plant to the landscape perspective. To solve these purposes, two major and two minor developing Swedish wind power projects were studied. The results showed that all four projects met the legislative demands and used visualization methods of good quality; however, some projects contained inadequate information and vague generalizations. Based on the two purposes, a model was designed for judgement of impact to the landscape perspective in future wind power projects. The final purpose of this paper was to conduct an interview to establish whether Swedish councils are able to manage questions linked to altering natural landscapes. The results revealed that a local Swedish council has limited ability in this area.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 62 p.
Keyword [en]
wind power, landscape, judgement, Swedish legislation
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-31304OAI: diva2:292334

Available from: 2010-02-12 Created: 2010-02-05 Last updated: 2010-02-12Bibliographically approved

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