Landscape Ecology

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 37–45 | Cite as

Perceived land use patterns and landscape values

  • Ervin H. Zube


Land use patterns and land form are important sources of information that contribute to the formation of landscape perceptions and values. This paper discusses three concepts of human-landscape relationships: the human as an agent of biological and physical impacts on the landscape; the human as a static receiver and processor of information from the landscape; and the human as an active participant in the landscape —thinking, feeling and acting — a transactional concept. A model of the transactional concept and of human perception and response is presented along with a conjectural example of human-landscape transactions. Three empirical research projects are presented to illustrate varying relationships between and among humans and landscapes. Variations in human experiences, needs and desires, personal utility functions for the use of the landscape, and socio-cultural contexts are suggested as mediating variables on perceived values and human responses. The importance of landscape values information to planning and management activities is discussed.


land use pattern perception information human ecology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ervin H. Zube
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  1. 1.School of Renewable Natural ResourcesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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