The Rural-to-Urban Gradient and Ecosystem Services

  • Dagmar HaaseEmail author


This article presents a case study on long-term land-use and impervious cover change along the urban-to-rural gradient in the city of Leipzig, Germany. The gradient concept offers a promising approach to firstly integrate historical data into current land-use change impact assessment and, secondly, to uncover effects of iterative and simultaneous phases of urban growth and decline including sprawl and compaction.


Rural-to-urban gradient Land-use impacts Ecosystem services Soil sealing Compact city Urban sprawl 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyHumboldt Universität zu BerlinRudower Chaussee 16Germany
  2. 2.Department of Computational Landscape EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental ResearchLeipzigGermany

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