Land-cover and land-use change in a Mediterranean landscape: A spatial analysis of driving forces integrating biophysical and human factors

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Abstract

This article develops a spatial analysis applied to examine the main driving forces of land-cover and land-use (LCLU) change in a Mediterranean region. Three different tools have been used in order to differentiate LCLU changes, driving forces and landscape dynamics. LCLU changes have been quantified with remote sensing techniques, driving forces have been analysed with multiple logistic regressions combining biophysical and human variables, whereas landscape dynamics have been quantified using different metrics. Results show the intensification of subsidised herbaceous crops on the coastal agricultural plain, the abandonment of olive trees and vineyards in the transitional area and forest restoration in the mountainous subregion. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-209
JournalApplied Geography
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

Keywords

  • Driving forces
  • Land use and land cover
  • Landscape dynamics
  • Mediterranean region
  • Multiple logistic regression

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