GIS-Based Methodology for the Analysis of Regional Landscapes and Their Changes Based on Land Cover and Use: A Planning Perspective Aimed at Conserving the Natural Heritage

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Abstract

Considered by the ecologists a complex of ecosystem and by the geographers a territorial system, the landscape represents the result of long-term interaction between man and nature, translated into a certain specific structural and functional organization and into the way it is perceived by human communities. The interaction between man and landscape is reflected in land cover and use changes, which represent an instrument to assess trends of interest for planning purposes. Moreover, climate changes could determine additional land cover and use changes, which at their turn modify the landscape. This chapter proposes a methodology using the geographical information systems (GIS) and CORINE land cover and use data to assess the current environmental issues and trends and determine the priorities of planning and strategies of development, starting from the example of Covasna County in Romania.

Keywords

Biodiversity Natural protected sites Real estate boom Global change Agriculture Urbanization 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Assistant Professor / Lecturer“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and UrbanismBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Scientific Director for Urban Planning and Territorial Development and Senior ResearcherNational Institute for Research and Development in Constructions, Urbanism and Sustainable Spatial Development URBAN-INCERCBucharestRomania

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