Analyses of land-use cover changes (LUCC) are fundamental to the understanding of numerous social, economical and environmental problems and can be carried out rapidly, using either cartographic or census data. However, the trends of the two methods differ in direction and quantity. For this study, a historical and a recent remote sensing-derived map were homogenized to reduce misleading changes and to assess spatial aggregation errors. This was carried out by means of a data integration procedure based on landscape metrics, allowing cartographic and census trends to be compared. Discrepancies between data were thus highlighted, both in absolute surface value and in evolution. The methodology presented, and the results obtained, could be employed to evaluate and improve LUCC analyses aimed at assessing landscape identity, both in the case of analyses based only on LU census data, or of those based only on LC cartographic data. This could lead to benefits for both biodiversity conservation and environmental planning on a large scale.

Land cover and land use change in the Italian central Apennines: a comparison of assessment methods

BOCCIA, LORENZO
2009

Abstract

Analyses of land-use cover changes (LUCC) are fundamental to the understanding of numerous social, economical and environmental problems and can be carried out rapidly, using either cartographic or census data. However, the trends of the two methods differ in direction and quantity. For this study, a historical and a recent remote sensing-derived map were homogenized to reduce misleading changes and to assess spatial aggregation errors. This was carried out by means of a data integration procedure based on landscape metrics, allowing cartographic and census trends to be compared. Discrepancies between data were thus highlighted, both in absolute surface value and in evolution. The methodology presented, and the results obtained, could be employed to evaluate and improve LUCC analyses aimed at assessing landscape identity, both in the case of analyses based only on LU census data, or of those based only on LC cartographic data. This could lead to benefits for both biodiversity conservation and environmental planning on a large scale.
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