Post-communist land use changes related to urban sprawl in the Romanian metropolitan areas

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Issue: Volume 6, Issue 1, 2012


The landscape pattern of the Romanian urban system has experienced significant transformations as a result of the rapid and irreversible changes undertaken after the fall of the communism. In Romania almost 34% of its total population are living in metropolitan areas. The paper is aiming to analyse the landscape-related challenges land-use/land-cover changes in the Romanian metropolitan areas in relation with the main factors involved in the patterns of change: demographic, political and natural. Based on the investigation of relevant cartographic supports of the last 20 years, the authors are making use of different GIS methods in order to conduct a series of complex analysis of the spatial-temporal landscape challenges. The paper will mainly focus on four metropolitan areas considered as case-studies: the capital-city (Bucharest) and the three functional metropolitan areas (Oradea, Iaşi and Constanţa), each metropolitan area is facing different patterns and causes of change.

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Ines Grigorescu*(a), Bianca Mitrică (a), Gheorghe Kucsicsa (a), Elena-Ana Popovici (a), Monica Dumitraşcu (a), Roxana Cuculici (b)
(a) Institute of Geography, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania
(b) Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
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