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Residents’ Perception and Assessment of Geomorphosites of the Alvão—Chaves Region

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Department of Geography of Coimbra University, Faculty of Arts, Coimbra University, Portugal; Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT), RISCOS, 3004-530 Coimbra, Portugal
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Centre of Studies on Geography and Spatial Planning (CEGOT), Coimbra, Oporto and Minho University, 3004-530 Coimbra, Portugal
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Geosciences 2018, 8(10), 381; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8100381
Received: 31 May 2018 / Revised: 8 October 2018 / Accepted: 15 October 2018 / Published: 18 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geotourism)
This work focuses on the paradigms of a multidimensional and interdisciplinary evaluation of geomorphological heritage and its valorisation within a geosystemic reading of relations between a geomorphological and cultural landscape. This research aims to (i) select geomorphosites at different scales, which represent the regional geodiversity, according to an interdisciplinary approach; and (ii) better understand the perception of the local population concerning the different values of geomorphosites by applying a questionnaire that addresses the scientific, preservation, use, cultural, and educational dimensions. First, the authors selected the geomorphosites at a regional level by respecting the following criteria: (i) representativeness of the landform as a morphogenetic process; (ii) the witnessed periods of morpho-dynamics with potential to contribute to the reconstruction of paleoenvironmental conditions; (iii) the current morpho-dynamic nature; (iv) the importance to the shaping of the cultural landscape; and (v) the use value. Results showed that the major landforms are perceived as those with greater value by the local populations. View Full-Text
Keywords: geomorphosites; geodiversity; geo-heritage assessment; geo-heritage perception; north of Portugal geomorphosites; geodiversity; geo-heritage assessment; geo-heritage perception; north of Portugal
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Martins, B.; Pereira, A. Residents’ Perception and Assessment of Geomorphosites of the Alvão—Chaves Region. Geosciences 2018, 8, 381.

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