WinterSchool on “Planning and Mapping of Land Use in Leipzig“ organised by GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. together with Institute of Geography at Leipzig University from 26th of November till 9th of December 2018 in Leipzig

A new group of 7 enthusiastic master students from Al-Faraby Kazakh National University, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences and Department of Geography, Landmanagement and Cadastre visited Leipzig (in the faculty cooperation frame between the two universities) to attend actively at a WinterSchool on Planning and Mapping of Land Use in Leipzig organized by PD Burghard C. Meyer and GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. in Leipzig. The WinterSchool was additionally supported by the lecturers Vera Schreiner and Ronny Schmidt and a visit in the landscape planning consultancy Adrian Landschaftsplanung. Here you can read more about our activities.

Excursion to active lignite mining in the South of Leipzig region „Tagebau Vereinigtes Schleenhain“, at viewpoint next to Deutzen

Geological and morphological map interpretation at Markkleeberger See – a former lignite mining area – and now a renaturated lake region important for recreation of the Leipzig inhabitants

The “Geopfad” at Markkleeberger See explains geological and palaeontological history as well as land use changes caused by lignite mining activities

The third time this year GeoWerkstatt Leipzig e.V. organised a specialised WinterSchool for Kazakh geography master students interested in the theory and practice of land use mapping and in land use planning for a balanced and sustainable urban development. This WinterSchool, especially developed on the basis of the master students thesis thematic(s), was a mixture of theory in the classrooms holding topics important in geography and environmental sciences, GIS work with the computer, mapping and practice examples and discussions in environmental planning, data management, simple predictive modelling of landscape functions, landscape planning, water systems analysis and management and nature conservation.

Basics by lectures in the classroom together with PD Burghard C. Meyer

Mapping exercises on land use, soil sealing and noise problems in Leipzig Plagwitz research area.

Visit of the monument of the battle of the nations in Leipzig

The summer school holds content on:
• Environmental planning based on natural conditions and land use functions of new land use systems
• Landscape planning based on digital data, remote sensing and GiS
• Social and economic assessment of environmental ecology in ecosystem context
• Modern planning technologies on remote sensing and GIS data by optimisation of land use for agro-landscape purposes
• Water catchment assessment in context of quality and quantity of ecosystem services
• Low resource use planning in urban for recreation and tourism
• Landscape remediation in former lignite mining and former glacial/moraine areas around Leipzig
• Flood prediction and flood protection systems
• Nature conservation in floodplain forest
• Recreation area planning and problems in a growing city

Visit of Albertina Leipzig University Library

visit and certificates at the private planning consultancy “Adrian Landschaftsplanung” for learning modern usage of impact mitigation regulation examples in land use planning based on CAD data layers – all participants have passed the school successfully

The winter 2018 was dominated by the still ongoing strong meteorological, agricultural and ongoing hydrological drought in Europe. The participants learnt to investigate land uses based on biotope types and its mapping done on several field visits and practice units at Leipzig Harbour, Leipzig Plagwitz, Clara-Zetkin-Park, Marienbrunn, Rosenthal, Markkleeberg Mining lake region and active mining South East of Borna as well as in Leipzig City Centre. Units of practice rounded the learning in the classroom by theoretical and GIS classes as well as in the visit of landscape planning consultancy to demonstrate the practice in knowledge application.

It was a very successful WinterSchool activity.


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