Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 1

Impact of dispersed settlement on the structure and diversity of rural landscape (Case study of village Hrušov, Slovak Republic)

Ján Hanušin

Geographia Polonica (2021) vol. 94, iss. 1, pp. 29-46 | Full text

The impact of a dispersed settlement on the changes of the land cover (LC) and landscape diversity (LDI) in the years 1950, 1986 and 2016 was analyzed on four spatially different levels: on the level of the whole cadastral area, 60 circular areas – hinterlands of hamlets, 15 circular areas in agricultural land outside hamlets and areas outside circular areas. The primary hypothesis that the landscape with a dispersed settlement is internally differentiated in terms of LC and LDI changes and that a dispersed settlement itself is an important driving force of these changes has been confirmed.

Keywords: dispersed settlement, hamlets, land cover change, landscape diversity, Slovak Republic, Hrušov

Ján Hanušin [], Institute of Geography Slovak Academy of Sciences Štefánikova 49, 814 73 Bratislava: Slovak Republic