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Spatial analysis of land use changes as knowledge tools to support European spatial policies

Funded under: FP5

Abstract

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 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 the natural landscape is discussed from both a qualitative and quantitative viewpoint.

Additional information

Authors: SMITS P C, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Space Applications Institute (SAI), Ispra (IT);ANNONI A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Space Applications Institute (SAI), Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Ecosystem Health, Vol. 5 (1999) No. 4, pp. 275-284
Availability: Ecosystem Health (Journal)
Record Number: 200012752 / Last updated on: 2000-09-19
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en