LAD-23312 Landscape Geography


Studiepunten 12.00

One day excursion32
Practical extensively supervised14
Field Practical68
Course coordinator(s)ing. GJWC Peek
Lecturer(s)ing. GJWC Peek
dr. ir. MPW Sonneveld
prof. dr. F Berendse
prof. dr. KV Sykora
R Dijksma
dr. ir. GJ Carsjens
G Kleinrensink
dr. J Limpens
ir. JW Schavemaker
dr. C de Bont
dr. ir. AJAM Temme
prof. dr. MM Bakker
CR Baltjes
Examiner(s)ing. GJWC Peek
prof. dr. F Berendse

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

LAD-10806, NCP-10503


This course focuses on the relationships between geology, hydrology, soil, land use, vegetation and ecosystems, historical geography and the genesis, appearance and identity of the Dutch landscapes. Attention will be paid to cultivated regions as well as areas reserved for nature conservation and nature development. Field practicals and excursions of one or more days alternate the lectures, are illustrative and deepen the substance.
The lectures and field trips open up a window on the analysis, planning and design of the metropolitan landscape. In the last part of the course the students are confronted with a planning and design task for the landscape of the western part of the Netherlands, which introduces the required knowledge transfer from the domain of environmental sciences into the domain of landscape planning and design. This is being practiced in full in the follow-up course: the Integrated Studio.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the genesis, history and identity of landscapes (including land use, vegetation patterns and the distribution of wild animal species) at different scales as a function of the interaction between geological, hydrological, pedological, ecological and anthropogenic processes;
- recognize, understand, interpret and investigate genesis, spatial distribution and properties of geological deposits, geomorphological units and soils in different landscapes;
- demonstrate detailed understanding of species adaptations to environmental conditions and the effects of species characteristics on ecosystem functioning;
- indicate problems and solutions in land use planning based on soil, hydrological and landscape properties;
- apply disciplinary knowledge from the environmental sciences in the context of analyzing, planning and designing the metropolitan landscape


- attend lectures, field practicals and excursions;
- inventory and interpretation of (combined) field data;
- work on a practical exercise in groups.


- written examination. Minimum rate of each discipline: 5.0.
- presence during field trips is compulsory.


- boek: Jongmans et al., 2012. De Landschappen van Nederland, samenhang tussen geologie, bodem en landgebruik. - veldpracticumhandleiding geologie, bodem en landschap Nederland;
- Frank Berendse, Natuur in Nederland, KNNV Uitgeverij 2011 (ISBN 9789050113762)
- excursiehandleidingen vegetatiekunde;
- selected parts of the book by Marjan C. Hidding, ' Planning voor stad en land' . Uitgeverij Coutinho; derde, herziene druk 2006. ISBN-10: 90.

Verplicht voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc5WD