The fundamental analysis for Landscape Typology of Switzerland is based on a ‘dynamic model’ permitting landscape character classification to be flexibly adapted through weighting of the content parameters. Long-term constant features (primary landscape structure) orography, topography, geology, and climate were analysed and preparedclassified. As medium-term variable criteria (secondary landscape structure) landscape matrix (dominant land cover), high-alpine (forest-free) landscapes, landscapes characterised by settlements, and landscapes characterised by lakes and wetlands were delineated.
The report “Landschaftstypologie Schweiz – Grundlagenanalyse; Beschreibung der Gliederungskriterien und der Teilsynthesen” (‘Landscape Typology Switzerland – Basic Analysis; Description of the Structural Criteria and Partial Syntheses’) contains an in-depth description of the methods of differentiation, structural criteria and partial syntheses. Here, the original data which were called upon are also described.