The Feasibility and Potential Application for an Environmental Classification of the Urban Landscape

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This study is investigating the possibility of classifying the whole of the UK urban landscape from an environmental perspective. It is investigating the appropriateness of the different methods of classification within urban studies and assessing the feasibility and potential quality of the classifications.


The study is being carried out in three stages.

Stage 1 

will consider issues of domain, data availability, spatial resolution and temporal stability.

Stage 2 

will evaluate the appropriate classification methodologies.

Stage 3 

will recommend one or several approaches.

Start date/duration

June 1998 Six months

Lead Organisation

CEH Merlewood


The study will deliver an interim report on Stages 1 and 2 for use at a workshop. At the conclusion of the study, a summary report will include:

  • data availability
  • appraisal of the options
  • recommended approach to classification
  • potential applications of the classification for urban and rural planning
  • proposal for full implementation, including costing and time-scale.

Further Details

Further information is available from the following contacts:

Lead Researcher: Dr R G H Bunce

Tel: 015395 32264, Fax: 015395 34705, e-mail:

URGENT Programme Manager: Graham Leeks

Tel: 01491 692203, Fax: 01491 692313, e-mail: