Geografie 1996, 101, 92-109

Land Use/Land Cover Changes in the Czech Republic 1845 - 1995

Ivan Bičík, Antonín Götz, Vít Jančák, Leoš Jeleček, Lucie Mejsnarová, Vít Štěpánek

Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

The article presents basic information on the long-time research programme dealing with long-termed land-use changes. This research programme is based on the land-use data of 1845, 1948, 1990, and 1995. It deals with issues marked by the International Geographic Union in 1995 as important part of the interdisciplinary research. Apart from the methodological process the article also outlines the evaluation of land-use structural changes at the district level by the index of change. This is an overall index reflecting all changes in the respective region. The case-study of Semily District verifies the methodology used at the cadastral level and shows possible applications in detailed studies of the nature/society relations.


This article has been compiled as part of the research project No. 205/95/0611 backed by the Czech Grant Agency.