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Uncertainty in Historical Land-Use Reconstructions with Topographic Maps

1 / Jacek Kozak1 / Krzysztof Ostafin1 / Monika Dobosz1 / Katarzyna Ostapowicz1 / Natalia Kolecka1 / Urs Gimmi2

1Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland

2Research Unit Landscape Dynamics, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland

© Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences, Adam Mickiewicz University. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Quaestiones Geographicae. Volume 33, Issue 3, Pages 55–63, ISSN (Online) 2081-6383, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/quageo-2014-0029, September 2014

Publication History

Received:
2014-05-29
Revised:
2014-07-29
Published Online:
2014-09-19

Abstract

The paper presents the outcomes of the uncertainty investigation of a long-term forest cover change analysis in the Polish Carpathians (nearly 20,000 km2) and Swiss Alps (nearly 10,000 km2) based on topographic maps. Following Leyk et al. (2005) all possible uncertainties are grouped into three domains - production-oriented, transformation- oriented and application-oriented. We show typical examples for each uncertainty domain, encountered during the forest cover change analysis and discuss consequences for change detection. Finally, a proposal for reliability assessment is presented.

Keywords: forest cover change; uncertainty; topographic maps; the Carpathians; the Alps

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