Geographia Polonica

Geographia Polonica has been published since 1964; in the years 1964–1998 as a serial publication. Since 1999 – as a journal with two issues per year (Spring and Autumn), and since 2012 there are four issues per year (March, July, October, December). Contributions to the journal on both human and physical geography topics as well as related fields (e.g. urban and regional planning, ecology) should be submitted to the Editor. Papers dealing with Central and Eastern Europe are particularly welcomed.

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The Special issue of GEOGRAPHIA POLONICA focuses on the ongoing changes and transformations of tourism spaces and places in Europe and the impact of socio-political and economic transitions on tourism. The past two or three decades have been characterized by complex and multi-scalar changes and processes, which have brought about a restructuring and revisioning of spaces and places where tourism activities do now and will take place in the future. In Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), especially, the political and socio-economic changes that crystallized in 1990s have deeply transformed the nature, functioning and development of tourism places and spaces. These processes of change have been partially guided by the European Union and its various funding sources targeting regional and local development in rural, urban and cross-border contexts. At the same time we have observed a transformation from a planning economy to the free market economy which has had an important implications for tourism development and its spatial structure in the CEE.

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      The overview of literature on spatial, social and cultural transformations in cities allowed us to  put forward the following hypothesis: Demolition/ruining process of cities is a regular part of their history, consists in irrevocable damage to spatial, functional and above all social structure irrespective of time, place and reasons behind it. Under specific circumstances such actions may become rational elements of urban transformations, which support revitalization, urban regeneration and sustainable development. Whether ruining/demolishing is destructive or constructive to a city depends on physical, geographical, economic, geopolitical, ideological and cultural context.  
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Geographia Polonica (2018) vol. 91, iss. 2

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Physico-geographical mesoregions of Poland: Verification and adjustment of boundaries on the basis of contemporary spatial data

Jerzy Solon, Jan Borzyszkowski, Małgorzata Bidłasik, Andrzej Richling, Krzysztof Badora, Jarosław Balon, Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik, Łukasz Chabudziński, Radosław Dobrowolski, Izabela Grzegorczyk, Miłosz Jodłowski, Mariusz Kistowski, Rafał Kot, Paweł Krąż, Jerzy Lechnio, Andrzej Macias, Anna Majchrowska, Ewa Malinowska, Piotr Migoń, Urszula Myga-Piątek, Jerzy Nita, Elżbieta Papińska, Jan Rodzik, Małgorzata Strzyż, Sławomir Terpiłowski, Wiesław Ziaja

Geographia Polonica (2018) vol. 91, iss. 2, pp. 143-170 | Full text | Supplementary file
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0115

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Abstract:

The programme of identification, cataloguing and evaluation of Polish landscapes, part of the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, has caused an increase in interest in physico-geographical regionalisation over recent years. The commonly accepted regionalisation of Poland developed by J. Kondracki (Kondracki & Richling 1994) is sufficient for work at an overview scale (e.g. 1:500,000), whereas its spatial accuracy is too low to make use of it for the purpose of Polish landscape cataloguing. The aim of this article is to present a more up-to-date and detailed division of Poland into mesoregions, adjusted to the 1:50,000 scale. In comparison with older work, the number of mesoregions has increased from 316 to 344. In many cases, somefar-reaching changes in meso- and macroregions were made. Nevertheless, in most cases the previous system of units was maintained, with more detailed adjustment of boundaries based on the latest geological andgeomorphological data and the use of GIS tools for the DEM analysis. The division presented here is a creatively developing new work aligning the proposals of the majority of Polish researchers. At the same time, it is a regionalisation maintaining the idea of the work developed by J. Kondracki as well as his theoretical assumptions and the criteria used to distinguish units, which makes it a logical continuation of his regional division.

Keywords: regionalisation, spatial units, boundaries of regions, Poland

Jerzy Solon [j.solon@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland
Jan Borzyszkowski, Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute Krucza 5/11d, 00-548 Warsaw: Poland
Małgorzata Bidłasik, Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute Krucza 5/11d, 00-548 Warsaw: Poland
Andrzej Richling, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warsaw: Poland; Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biała Podlaska Sidorska 95/97, 21-500 Biała Podlaska: Poland
Krzysztof Badora, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology Opole University Oleska 48, 45-052 Opole: Poland
Jarosław Balon, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management Jagiellonian University Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków: Poland
Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Kraśnicka 2 D, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Łukasz Chabudziński, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Kraśnicka 2 D, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Radosław Dobrowolski, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Kraśnicka 2 D, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Izabela Grzegorczyk, Institute of Environmental Protection – National Research Institute Krucza 5/11d, 00-548 Warsaw: Poland
Miłosz Jodłowski, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management Jagiellonian University Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków: Poland
Mariusz Kistowski, Institute of Geography University of Gdańsk Bażyńskiego 4, 80-309 Gdańsk: Poland
Rafał Kot, Faculty of Earth Sciences Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń Lwowska 1, 87-100 Toruń: Poland
Paweł Krąż, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management Jagiellonian University Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków: Poland
Jerzy Lechnio, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warsaw: Poland
Andrzej Macias, Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences Adam Mickiewicz University Dzięgielowa 27, 61-680 Poznań: Poland
Anna Majchrowska, Faculty of Geographical Sciences University of Łódź Narutowicza 88, 90-139 Łódź: Poland
Ewa Malinowska, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warsaw: Poland
Piotr Migoń, Institute of Geography and Regional Development Wrocław University pl. Uniwersytecki 1, 50-137 Wrocław: Poland
Urszula Myga-Piątek, Faculty of Earth Sciences University of Silesia Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec: Poland
Jerzy Nita, University of Silesia Faculty of Earth Sciences Będzińska 60, 41-200 Sosnowiec: Poland
Elżbieta Papińska, Faculty of Geographical Sciences University of Łódź Narutowicza 88, 90-139 Łódź: Poland
Jan Rodzik, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Kraśnicka 2 D, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Małgorzata Strzyż, Department of Environment Protection and Environmental Development Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce Żeromskiego 5, 25-349 Kielce: Poland
Sławomir Terpiłowski, Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Kraśnicka 2 D, 20-718 Lublin: Poland
Wiesław Ziaja, Institute of Geography and Spatial Management Jagiellonian University Gronostajowa 7, 30-387 Kraków: Poland