Ecomorphology of the lakeshores
Lakes are influenced by various human uses. The shores of many Swiss lakes are also affected: Embankments reduce the habitat quality for plants and animals. The modul ecomorphology of the lakeshores is used to evaluate and give a general description of the ecomorphological state of the lakeshores. With the help of aerial photographs, the actual lakeshore morphology and the uses, installations and control structures in and along the lakeside are surveyed, based on various selected features. The ecomorphological state of the lakeshore is recorded directly in a Geographic Information System (GIS).
The actual lakeshore morphology and the uses, installations and control structures in and along the lakeside.
Based on a target hierarchy, the ecomorphological state of the lakeshores is then assessed from the surveyed features. By applying a target hierarchy, individual lakeshore compartments such as «shallow water zone», «shoreline» and «shore zone» can be differentiated. Each compartment is evaluated by means of five quality classes.