perception

Works from cultural studies asking how humans symbolically appropriate by means of their senses "nature" and "landscape" and how these are assessed and in which cultural context the perception stands.

Most Austrian riverine landscapes and floodplains were heavily modified by the channelization and the following anthropogenic influences in the later 19th and 20th century. In contrast to other Austrian riverine landscapes the Lobau has been conserved as a cohesive floodplain, in spite or because of its vicinity to the city of Vienna. To analyse the complexity of the development of the land use in the Lobau was the main aim of this master thesis.

Mergenthaler documented the changes to the eastbavarian Danube Landscape over the timespan of around 50 years. He not only took pictures of the river, but of all adjacent biotops like alluvial zones, swamplands and meadows. This documentation contributes to a better understanding of the development of the Danube.

In this article, Payer describes the perception and the development of the Danube Channel from being a "mental abyss" which divided the city in former times, over musical glorification, to a place which provides valuable ecosystem services today.

This article summarizes a research focused on the attitudes local inhabitant have towards the Goričko Nature Park. The aim was to understand whether the park is perceived as a constraint or as an opportunity for local development. Research methods include semistructured interviews, in 2005 we undertook 30 and in 2010 further 35 interviews. This allowed a comparison between two periods, 1) when the protected area was already established, but was without a management body, and 2) when a management body has been in place for five years.