Local models of land use & land cover change analysis. The case of Ridaura sessile oak forestland (natural park of Montseny. Barcelona)

Francisco Javier Gómez Vargas, Martí Boada Juncà, Sònia Sànchez Mateo

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Abstract

Ridaura's sessile oak forestland is located in the mountain range of Montseny (declared Natural Park - 1987 - and UNESCO's Biosphere Reserve -1978-). It is a study site of great interest for the analysis of Global Change processes. This sessile oak forestland constitutes an ecotonic border between the mediterranean and eurosiberian bio-georegions, and it is particularly sensitive to changes in vegetation cover such as biome replacement processes. Furthermore. Ridaura's socioeconomic during the second half of the 20th century have promoted certain land use changes associated with the crises of the mountain economies and a continuous abandonment of agriculture, forestry and farming. The following study aims to analyse those global change processes happening in the Ridaura's sessile oak forestland by means of an interdisciplinary approach. We also aim to bring light to the various methodological difficulties this type of researches implies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBoletin de la Asociacion de Geografos Espanoles
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Biome replacement processes
  • Ecotonic borders
  • Environmental sciences
  • Global change
  • Land use and land cover

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