Rupf Reto

Analysis of visitors behaviour patterns in Val Müstair - a study in the MAFREINA Project

Project Number: CH-4481
Project Type: Master
Project Duration: 01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011 project completed
Funding Source: other ,
Project Leader: Prof. Reto Rupf
Head Centre Nature Management
Environmental Planning
Institut Umwelt & Natürliche Ressourcen (IUNR)
Grüental - Postfach 335
8820 Wädenswil
Phone: +41 (0) 58 934 59 07 ; +41 (0) 58 934 59 10
FAX: +41 (0) 58 934 59 11
e-Mail: reto.rupf(at)

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The Master thesis „Creation and analysis of visitors behaviour patterns in Val Muestair“ is part of “Mafreina Project” and will focus on the tourism in Val Muestair. Human pressure on the nature is a issue that we ought to understand better if we want to effectively protect the nature and ensure sustainable development of tourism and leisure infrastructure. The goal of my master thesis is to create the visitors behaviour patterns. The creation of those patterns is a complex process that requires solid data preparation. GPS data from GPS sensors given to random tourists will allow to understand where and when did the tourist go. Hundreds of such information will create a visitors flows, however the goal is to explain why did the tourist choose this route and not the other, why he did or didn’t follow the route and etc.. Question regarding the decision that the tourist made can be answered in multiple ways. There are many factors as well as constraints that can influence tourists decisions and they need to be determined and profoundly measured. On their basis and GPS tracks a future models of tourist behaviour patterns and various factors should be created. They will demonstrate the impact that e.g. slope, landcover, route length etc. have on the decisions that the tourist make. To make all the analysis and models comprehensible they will all be made with help of various GIS tools. This will also ensure high quality and complexity of the results.
This study is parf of the MAFREINA project

Leading questions:
The main goal is to answer how and why the visitors behave like they do in Val Muestair. This question can only be answered by addressing other additional questions which regard factors and constraints that influence visitors behaviour. First question that needs to be answered is how to prepare that amount of data. Which GPS points need to be taken under consideration and which should be omitted. Is there a way that this process can be automated? Next very import question is how to determine if the GPS point can be assigned to a specific route. How can it be determined if the tourist left the route or is it only GPS precision issue? What could influence the tourist to leave the route? Are there any constraint that clearly hinder visitors from leaving the route? Can some trends be identified and do the vary in time and space?


Dusza, Przmyslaw. 2011. Analysis of visitors behavior patterns based on GPS tracks from Müstair Valley, Switzerland. Master Thesis, University IM. Adama Mickiezicza.
pdf Master Thesis

Reto Rupf, Martin Wyttenbach, Daniel Köchli, Martina Hediger, Salome Lauber, Pascal Ochsner, Roland Graf (2011). Assessing the spatio-temporal pattern of winter sports activities to minimize disturbance in capercaillie habitats. eco.mont 3-2, 23-32.
pdf Article

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