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Influence of Urbanization Processes on the Dynamics and Scale of Spatial Transformations in the Mazowiecki Landscape Park

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Department of Forest Utilization, Faculty of Forestry, Warsaw University of Life Sciences—SGGW, Nowoursynowska 166, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
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The Team of Mazowiecki Landscape Parks, 05-400 Otwock, Poland
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Department of Geomatics and Land Management, Faculty of Forestry, Warsaw University of Life Sciences—SGGW, Nowoursynowska 166, 02-776 Warsaw, Poland
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Sustainability 2019, 11(11), 3007; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113007
Received: 22 March 2019 / Revised: 17 May 2019 / Accepted: 24 May 2019 / Published: 28 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
This paper explores how urbanization processes, since the 1950s, affected forested areas in the Mazowiecki Landscape Park and determines if these processes resulted in a significant reduction of forest. Spatial analyses, which were used to generate very detailed data on the area of forests, agricultural land, and development areas, were carried out, and the spatial directions of the changes were determined. The results indicate that, in comparison to the 1950s, in the 1990s, the forest area did not decrease, but, in fact, increased, despite a significant increase in the development area, both in the present area of the park and in its buffer zone. This was due to the fact that new buildings were constructed in mainly agricultural areas. At the same time, intensive afforestation of weak soils, mainly inland dunes, was carried out in this area. Comparing the current period to the 1990s, further dynamic growth of the development area can be observed, especially in the park’s protective zone, with a simultaneous decrease in the forest area and agricultural land. View Full-Text
Keywords: urbanization; forest; spatial planning urbanization; forest; spatial planning
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Janeczko, E.; Dąbrowski, R.; Budnicka-Kosior, J.; Woźnicka, M. Influence of Urbanization Processes on the Dynamics and Scale of Spatial Transformations in the Mazowiecki Landscape Park. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3007. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113007

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Janeczko E, Dąbrowski R, Budnicka-Kosior J, Woźnicka M. Influence of Urbanization Processes on the Dynamics and Scale of Spatial Transformations in the Mazowiecki Landscape Park. Sustainability. 2019; 11(11):3007. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113007

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Janeczko, Emilia; Dąbrowski, Radosław; Budnicka-Kosior, Joanna; Woźnicka, Małgorzata. 2019. "Influence of Urbanization Processes on the Dynamics and Scale of Spatial Transformations in the Mazowiecki Landscape Park" Sustainability 11, no. 11: 3007. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11113007

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