Dynamic Landscape Typology Tool

The tool allows users to produce a landscape typology relevant to them by selecting and weighting the component layers that form the basis of the typology. Users can also choose how many unique zones, defined by their similarity across the layers, should be identified.

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The objective of the landscape typology is to provide a coherent set of data layers which can be used in an integrated typology approach to identify homologous areas for land management guidance and intervention. The typology focuses on land management and intervention that can be described as sustainable intensification, and is required to take account of economic, environmental and social outcomes.

How is the typology produced?

Priority indicators are used in the typology to rank the need or opportunity for improvement in a particular SI outcome in an area. A priority indicator has been proposed for each SI outcome in the typology, under the overarching pillars of social, economic and environmental outcomes. In some cases, the indicators proposed are a combination of multiple weighted sub-indicators.

What does the landscape typology represent?

The resultant maps represent the opportunity for sustainable intensification. Opportunity is defined as the combination of the need for an outcome to be addressed (from the priority indicators) combined with the possible SIS (and their links to outcomes). The data layers are combined by individually scaling and weighting according to user specification before being summed and standardised. Similar areas (“zones”) are identified using a k-means clustering algorithm.

What is the spatial coverage of the typology map?

The Landscape Typology is mapped on a regular 10 by 10 km grid, covering England and Wales. All relevance and priority indicators are transformed from their natural spatial units, by union of the boundary information and area weighting of the source data. Source data for the indicators exists at a range of spatial scales. The 10km scale was chosen as being an appropriate balance between providing a fine enough spatial scale for analysis, whilst avoiding issues of disclosure or data being mapped at inappropriately fine scales.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a landscape typology?

This landscape typology divides England and Wales into zones of potential management through the use of attributes which consider the potential impacts of sustainable intensification on economic, environmental and social outcomes.

What does the typology map show?

The typology map highlights areas of England and Wales where there are the greatest opportunities for sustainable intensification based on the indicators selected and the weights applied to them. The areas with greatest opportunity are shown in blue in the typology maps whilst those areas with least opportunity are shown in yellow.

Who is this tool aimed at?

This tool is aimed at researchers, policy makers and land owners.


For information regarding this tool please contact:

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre
Library Avenue
Tel: +44 (0)1524 595800
Fax: +44 (0)1524 61536

For general queries relating to the typology work or SIP project please contact:

Gavin Huggett
SIP 2 Project Manager
University of Exeter
Email: g.huggett@exeter.ac.uk


SIP Homepage
defra project page (reports will be avialable here when released)

SIP 2 Partners

University of Exeter (lead)
Bangor University
Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS)
University of Bristol
British Trust for Ornithology
University of Cambridge
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Eden Rivers Trust
Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT)
Glasgow Caledonian University
James Hutton Institute
University of Kent
Lancaster University
Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF)
University of Leeds
Newcastle University
University of Nottingham
Rothamsted Research
Westcountry Rivers Trust
Project Partners