Geographia Polonica (2006) vol. 79, iss. 1

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Land-use changes in different natural habitats of the Vistula river valley during the 19th and 20th centuries

Anna Kowalska

Geographia Polonica (2006) vol. 79, iss. 1, pp. 113-130

Abstract

This paper concerns the extent and causes of spatial and temporal land-use changesongoing in different habitats of the Vistula River valley in central Poland. The study area extendsalong that valley between the city of Warsaw and Włocławek, while the study period spans about150 years. The analysis was based on digital topographical maps from the 19th and 20th centuries,as well as a potential vegetation map. The history of land-use change was shown to be different ineach habitat in the study area, while the character of land-use and direction of changes that didarise were mostly determined by habitat conditions.

Keywords: map of potential vegetation, historical land-use changes, habitat diversity, digital map analysis, Vistula River valley

Anna Kowalska [aniak@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland