• Education/Training
  • Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research
  • University of Bern

2019 International Summer School in Land-System Science

Jul 7
Jul 14
Seminarhotel Lihn
Panoramastrasse 28
8757 Filzbach (Glarus Nord)
Linth Plane
Image: WSL
Linth Plane
Linth Plane (Image: WSL)

Students will develop an integrated view on land-use change and landscape assessment, learn to use/apply state-of-the-art data, tools and models for spatial analyses and efficiently translate scientific findings to practitioners working in the field of land-use and landscape management.

Land use and the resulting landscape character is the result of complex human–environment interactions. The complexity of these processes increasingly challenges planners, environmental agencies and policy makers. In this summer school the students learn how science can support practitioners in their decisions on sustainable land-use/landscape development. They develop skills in data processing (remote sensing, 2D, 3D), apply a range of models (ranging from statistical models and frameworks to cellular automata), and learn about efficient toolsfor stakeholder involvement (e.g., landscape visualisation and perception by people). Topics addressed include urbanisation, land abandonment, ecosystem service mapping, conservation management, socio-economic development as well as conflict assessments between different land-use interests.


  • Interest in quantitative and qualitative analysis of complex land systems
  • Interest in science-practice interfaces
  • Basic knowledge in R, ArcGIS
  • Motivation letter
  • 1-Page short CV

Main organiser

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research

Main organiser

University of Bern


Registration Deadline: 01.12.2018

Payment details

700 CHF (accommodation and full board for the entire week).

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Languages: English