Coastal Landscape Evaluation and Photography


  • A.T. Williams
  • C.D. Lavalle


Landscape aesthetics, coastal scene investigation, landscape assessment, coastal planning.


The rationale behind landscape evaluation techniques was examined. In particular the theory that a consensus of opinion exists on taste and value in landscape aesthetics, and the suitability of using photographs in coastal landscape evaluations. Field trials involving 47 observers were carried out along the coastline of Mid and South Glamorgan, Wales in 1988. Slide usage was proved to be feasible with respect to evaluations compared to real life situations. "Experts" were found to be representative of the population at large and a general agreement on coastal landscape tastes was found to exist between different groups of people.