Geografie 2011, 116, 156-171

Evaluation of land cover changes after extraordinary windstorm by using the land cover metrics: a case study on the high Tatras foothill

Vladimír Falťan1, Martin Bánovský1, Matej Blažek2

1Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Mlynská dolina 1, 842 15 Bratislava, Slovakia
2University of Dundee, School of Social and Environmental Sciences – Geography, Perth Road, Dundee, DD1 4HN, United Kingdom

Received November 2009
Accepted March 2011

On the 19th November 2004, a wind disaster caused extensive damages, especially in the forests of the Tatra National Park. Despite that windstorm consequences of natural processes impact the spatial structure of landscape excessively, their studies have been subject only to a minor interest so far. The aim of this paper is to characterize the land cover changes in the Štrbské Pleso – Tatranská Lesná area, before the wind disaster and after its impacts have been processed. We also analyze the relationship between wind-caused damages to the vegetation and the natural landscape structure, using various landscape metrics.


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