HERCULES: studying long-term changes in Europe’s landscapes

J.C.A. Kolen, C.L. Crumley, G.J.L.M. Burgers, K. von Hackwitz, P. Howard, M. de Kleijn, K. Karro, D. Löwenborg, N. van Manen, H. Palang, T. Plieninger, A. Printsmann, H. Renes, H.J. Scholten, P. Sinclair, M. Veldi, J.W.H.P. Verhagen

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This paper presents the outlines of a new EU-funded
research program for the long-term history, present-day
management and further development of the European
landscapes, including their natural and cultural heritage:
HERCULES. One of the subprojects of this program
(Work Package 2) links archaeological, historical and
historical ecological data to the analysis of geo-information
in order to develop models of long-term landscape change
in three carefully chosen study regions in the Netherlands,
Sweden and Estonia. This is framed theoretically by
integrating insights from landscape biography, historical
ecology and complex systems theory. The linking and
analysis of data will be done using a Spatial Data
Infrastructure and by means of dynamic modelling.
Original languageEnglish
Article number15
Pages (from-to)209-219
Number of pages11
JournalAnalecta Praehistorica Leidensia
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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