Geografie 2004, 109, 223-235

Influence of spatial exposedness on land use pattern in the Vysočina region

Jan Kabrda

Katedra sociální geografie a regionálního rozvoje, Přírodovědecká fakulta UK, Albertov 6, 128 43 Praha 2, Czechia

In this paper, I tried to analyse the influence of socio-economical spatial exposedness on current land use pattern in the Vysočina region, Czechia. The main aims were: (a) to statistically prove and then to explain the direction of this influence; and (b) to assess its significance in the context of effects of other factors (eg. average altitude, slope or average density of population) influencing the land use pattern. Two data sources were used: (1) land use (8 categories) data for 1,113 territorial units (average area ca 6 sq kms.) of the Vysočina region for the years 1845, 1948, 1990 and 2000. (2) GIS model of current exposedness, based on the proximity of each territorial unit to main centres of settlement and to traffic lines. Some of the results are general, nevertheless, they are also influenced, to a large extent, by the specifics of the Vysočina region.


Článek je výstupem grantového projektu GAČR č. 205-01-1420. Autor děkuje grantové agentuře za finanční podporu.