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Cost-effective decision making calls for appropriate methods for the modelling, forecasting, and presentation of problem specific information. This paper discusses the systematic use of remote-sensing derived information to assess the impact of past policies and to support the definition of sustainable European spatial policies through an example of landscape change analysis. A case study of landscape changes along parts of the European coastline between the mid-70s and the early-90s is reported, providing an integrated assessment addressing possible causes and effects related to natural and labour resources. The impact of human activities on changes in natural landscape is discussed both from a qualitative and a quantitative viewpoint.

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Authors: SMITS P C, SAI, JRC-Ispra (IT);ANNONI A, SAI, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Ecosystem Health (1999)
Record Number: 199911553 / Last updated on: 1999-11-06
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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