Land use and land cover changes in small Carpathian catchments between the mid-19(th) and early 21(st) centuries and their record on the land surface

Kroczak, Rafal; Fidelus-Orzechowska, Joanna; Bucala-Hrabia, Anna; Bryndal, Tomasz

Angol nyelvű Tudományos Szakcikk (Folyóiratcikk)
Megjelent: JOURNAL OF MOUNTAIN SCIENCE 1672-6316 15 (12) pp. 2561-2578 2018
  • SJR Scopus - Earth-Surface Processes: Q2
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Szakterületek:
    Land use and land cover (LULC) changes and their impact on the mountain environment were studied in six catchments (10 km(2) each) in the Polish Western Carpathians from the mid-19(th) century to the early 21(st) century. The analysis of cadastral and orthophoto maps indicates that during the investigated period, the forest area increased, quantified by an annual change index (Annch), between +0.12% to +0.27%, with a decrease of arable land index to-0.45% and-2.28% in the analysed catchments. LULC changes were accompanied by a continuous increase in settlement developments (residential and farming houses) by 50%-140% as well as significant changes related to their spatial distribution. Abandonment of arable land and forest succession have resulted in the geomorphological transformation of hillslopes, which predominantly includes a decrease in used road density, their transformation to road cuts and gorges. Overpopulation and the domination agriculture in the past caused the expansion of unpaved roads density and then the fragmentation of hillslopes, as well as the development of agricultural terraces.
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    2019-12-11 22:40