Landscape Assessment Protocol
The landscape assessment protocol (hereafter LAP) is at the prototype stage while it is being developed in the process of a PhD at the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources Management of the University of Patras. LAP assesses landscape quality, naturalness, aesthetic conditions, ecological integrity and cultural values. The new protocol has 15 metrics and each is assessed on-site, visually and acoustically. Each metric, which is a landscape element or feature that is known to be influenced negatively by human-induced changes in the landscape, is scored by the assessor. The trained assessor is guided by a field form that provides a narrative describing and guiding evaluation of a descending score from high (10) to low (1) quality. The overall score of the index is gained by dividing the sum of metric scores by the number that was scored.