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Application of the catena concept in studies of landscape system dynamics

Ewa Malinowska
  • 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/v10288-012-0047-9


The concept of catena in landscape surveys is used to demonstrate the surroundings of landscape units, their vertical structure and inter-unit processes, as well as the mosaic nature of the landscape. Furthermore, it reflects the structural and functional heterogeneity of the surveyed area, at the same time indicating types of links between landscape units, depending on a variety of geological, habitat-related and biotic conditions, including land use and its transformation arising from anthropopressure.

The catena survey performed included four key morphological and lithological units with varied landscape structure and functioning: glacial upland, vast outwash plains, the Wisła River valley and deepened channel valleys, as well as dune hills and hillocks. The results prove that the functioning of landscape systems depends on the forms of land use and their durability. Characteristics of leading components in catenas are diverse despite a similar genesis of landforms and relief shaping processes.

Keywords: Catena; landscape; system; functioning; dynamics

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Published Online: 2013-12-27

Citation Information: Miscellanea Geographica - Regional Studies on Development, Volume 17, Issue 4, Pages 42–49, ISSN (Print) 2084-6118, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10288-012-0047-9.

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