Investigating Impacts of Major Events on Land Use Development of European and Asiatic Landscapes

  • Laura O. Petrov
  • Laur Ivan


Landscapes evolve continuously in a more or less chaotic way, reflecting human activities, societal processes and human–environmental interactions of a particular society at a certain moment (Antrop in Landsc Urban Plan 75:187–197, 2006). Crucial events as the Second World War, Fall of Communism and their consequences on economic development are decisive driving forces for the demography dynamics, spatial region development and its environment. This paper proposes a discussion on greenbelts and peri-urban areas with a focus on understanding their relations. We propose as starting points two researched areas: Leipzig and Hiroshima.



The authors thanks very much to the Hiroshima University, Japan, for all the support given for data collection, materials and equipment during the doctoral thesis. Also, many thanks for the datasets of 1990 and 2000 of Leipzig City Region provided by Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, within the PLUREL project (, 2007–2010).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DG-Joint Research Centre of European CommissionBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.European Research Council of European CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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