Mental maps are widely used to study human behaviour and preferences and appear frequently in literature of environmental perception. The production of such perceptual maps typically involves members of the local communities drawing features of interest. These days, the use of spatially referenced base data, such as paper thematic maps or aerial photographs, has allowed these mental maps to be integrated into a GIS. The incorporation of mental maps into a digital database allows the use of (traditional) GIS techniques to analyse these unique datasets (Cinderby, 1999).
Things we want to know are among others: how can GIS techniques serve in visualising these collected mental maps as well as, to what extent can we derive and analyse valuable (quantitative) information from these mental maps.
- To explore, investigate, develop and test methodologies for the visualisation of mental maps
- To process and visualise results of mental maps collected in the ‘Green infrastructure for climate-proof cities’ study
- To analyse and interpret visualised mental maps
Theme: Society, Space and Decision