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Trends in the National and Regional Transitional Dynamics of Land Cover and Use Changes in Romania

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Doctoral School of Urban Planning, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism, 010014 Bucharest, Romania
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Igor Sîrodoev, Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Ovidius University of Constanta, 900470 Constanţa, Romania
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Interdisciplinary Centre of Advanced Research on Territorial Dynamics, University of Bucharest, 050663 Bucharest, Romania
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Remote Sens. 2020, 12(2), 230; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12020230
Received: 13 November 2019 / Revised: 20 December 2019 / Accepted: 8 January 2020 / Published: 9 January 2020
The crucial importance of land cover and use changes, components of the ‘global changes’, for the worldwide sustainable and resilient development results from their negative influence on ecosystem services, biodiversity, and human welfare. Ongoing debates concerning whether the global drivers are more important than the local ones or which are the most prominent driving forces and effects are still ongoing at the global level. In Europe, the patterns of land cover and use changes differ between the west and the east. Property restitution was an important driver of change in Eastern Europe and especially in Romania. This study aimed to look at the land cover and use changes in Romania by their transitional dynamic using Coordination of Information on the Environment (CORINE) data in an attempt to identify long-term spatially and temporally consistent trends. Although generally inconsistent, the results indicate that deforestation and urbanization tend to prevail over other changes, and the development of agriculture slows its pace. Such findings are consequences of unplanned development associated with little environmental awareness. The presence of hotspots where land cover and use changes seem to be clustered can be seen as a feature of ex-socialist countries undergoing economic transition. View Full-Text
Keywords: deforestation; agricultural abandonment; urbanization; transition; unplanned development deforestation; agricultural abandonment; urbanization; transition; unplanned development
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Petrişor, A.-I.; Sirodoev, I.; Ianoş, I. Trends in the National and Regional Transitional Dynamics of Land Cover and Use Changes in Romania. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 230.

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