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Land cover as a factor affecting the structure and modifying the dynamics of a landscape system

Jerzy Solon / Jerzy Lechnio
  • Department of Geoecology Institute of Physical Geography Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw
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Published Online: 2013-12-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0004


of the landscape from the viewpoint of the structure’s durability, characteristics and speed of change. The research focused on the area surrounding Płock.

In the analysed period (1987-2010) slight changes were detected with regard to the land cover, though they were significant in terms of the natural environment. No single dominant process determining land cover change was identified. Fluctuations prevailed (producing a slightly different picture in each microregion), with a fixed pattern maintained. Distribution, shape and spatial location of land cover types are only partly determined by land lie and habitat quality. Fragmentation of the terrain is relatively high, which reflects intense land use, at the same time indicating opportunities to preserve the wildlife and vegetation typical for agrocenoses.

Keywords: Land use; landscape structure; land cover classification; landscape metrics; landscape dynamics

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Published Online: 2013-12-27

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Volume 17, Issue 4, Pages 34–41, ISSN (Print) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/mgrsd-2014-0004.

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