Geografie 2011, 116, 172-190

Typology of the districts in Czechia based on land cover structure

Martin Balej, Jiří Anděl

J. E. Purkinje University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, České mládeže 8, Ústí nad Labem, 400 96, Czechia

Received December 2010
Accepted March 2011

The authors analyse land cover changes in Czechia after 1990 on a meso-scale, i.e., on the administrative unit/district scale. The CORINE land cover database makes it possible to compare land cover differences and similarities in 1990, 2000 and 2006. The objective of this report is to set out a district typology according to land cover structure, and this will be achieved through the use of statistical methodologies. An intermediate objective is to establish land cover change trends and tendencies, including the intensity and spatial differentiation of these changes. An additional objective is to designate the main driving forces behind these changes. The presumption that land cover in Czechia is tending to become a multi-functional landscape has not been confirmed at the district scale. In contrast, in some districts, monofunctionality is increasing regarding the frequency of land cover classes.


The research presented was supported by the Grant Agency of Academy of Sciences, project No. IAA311230901 “Czech Borderland after Schengen: a Distinct, Oscillating and/or Transit Area?”


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