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Scenic Quality Provision: possible for terrestrial landscape with mainly tree plantations


I have a doubt about the Scenic Quality Provision Model. 
Is it also possible to use this model for terrestrial landscapes, in my case a landscape with mountains and mainly tree plantations?
If yes, how can I adapt the model to this situation?

Thank you in advance!

Looking forward for an answer.

Kind regards



  • RichRich Administrator, NatCap Staff
    Hi Eva, I'm not a direct contributor to this model, but it's absolutely supposed to work in a terrestrial setting. As for your tree farms, if you've got a fine enough DEM that has the tree plantation elevations on it, the model will be able to use that information to show you the correct viewshed.
  • jdouglassjdouglass Administrator, NatCap Staff
    Hi Eva,
    Rich is correct, we would expect the Scenic Quality model to work equally well in marine and terrestrial environments.  And in case it isn't clear in the User's Guide, if the elevation of trees in plantations matter, I'd suggest looking into using a Digital Surface Model (which should capture the heights of any above-ground features) rather than a Digital Elevation Model.  The SQ model should work equally well with either.
  • Hi

    Many thanks!
    I will try this and let you know if it's working.

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