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RINGKØBING CASE STUDY - HABITAT QUALITY

VEGETATION AS AN INDICATOR

Karen Attwell, Danish Building Research Institute, Housing and Planning Research

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Vegetation as a primary indicator of ecological value - the Ringkøbing study

As stated in the paper on the Area Resources of Ringkøbing, there is generally sufficient space in most structure zone categories for ecological changes, even changes requiring large extents of land. The paper describing Management of Water Flows concludes that the hydrogeological conditions of the Ringkøbing area, i.e. mainly sand and gravel, are ideal for local SOCOMA facilities (Source Control for Stormwater Management). SOCOMA facilities will simultaneously benefit the existing technical sewage treatment system and create an alternative to building more underground retension basins. Finally, local use of biodegradable waste is optimal in the area due to the above mentioned geological conditions combined with the local windy climate and a relatively low rain fall in May and June (Aslyng, 1968) with the purpose of limiting evaporation from the surface soil. As described in Management of Biodegradable Waste, suitable composting and other systems for recirculating the biodegradable waste from households and green spaces are already in operation in the municipality, mainly succesfully.

Even so, it is necessary to supplement the knowledge of general area resources, existing technical systems and abiotic environmental qualities with knowledge about the qualities of the biotic environment, i.e. the existing habitat quality of the structure zones or structure zone categories, in order to assess the full scope of the actual physical potential of ecological change.

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