Finnish case: Underwater landscape in the Baltic Sea MSP context

Landscape studies in the University of Turku approaches landscape from a humanistic perspective as a culturally framed physical environment, a lived place and a medium of cultural meanings. The students in the discipline get ability to practical landscape conservation and key methods of landscape inventory, documentation and interpretation. The major research projects during the last few years have been dealing with cultural planning, suburbs, cultural environment as a resource in climate change mitigation and adaptation and research about local environmental knowledge using new methods for assessing the quality of environment and participating the locals and artists. 

During this project we are:

  • finding definitions and conceptual mapping of underwater landscape in the Baltic Sea area

  • considering the difference between operative institutional landscape and lived places and their cultural heritage

  • collecting data of terminology and categories from the partners, international/national laws and ratifications

  • asking the users (divers etc.) about the underwater landscape experience

  • drawing the connections of different areal definitions – natural, protective, cultural heritage etc. – and building a wider view of underwater world as a landscape

  • defining values that are influencing to the definitions of underwater landscape and should be regarded in the maritime spatial planning


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