Anna Kowalska

Poland on maps

A map of sequences of ’forest/non-forest states’ over the last 200 years in the borderland between Poland’s Masuria and Kurpie regions

Jan Marek Matuszkiewicz, Jacek Wolski, Anna Kowalska

Geographia Polonica (2013) vol. 86, iss. 4, pp. 393-402 | Full text
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.2013.31

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Abstract:

Presented here are the means of generating and possibilities for applying a digital map of sequences of ‘forest/non‑forest’ states in a study area, as based on topographic maps for seven instances in time (between 1800 and the present day). There is also a brief description of cartographic material used, as well as the methods applied in generating a variability model. The study area was then analysed from the point of view of differences in the aforementioned sequences of ‘forest/non‑forest’ states, this revealing marked contrasts between two Polish regions that are adjacent, but were conditioned differently in the past, in political and social terms. The study ends by considering the relationship between the distinguished sequences and habitat type, as referred to in terms of potential natural vegetation.

Keywords: historical maps, changes in forest cover, potential natural vegetation, habitat variation, central Poland

Jan Marek Matuszkiewicz [jan.mat@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland
Jacek Wolski [j.wolski@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland
Anna Kowalska [aniak@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland

Book review

Imaging the future: geo-visualisation for participatory spatial planning in Europe. Ed. A. van der Brink et al. Wageningen 2007

Anna Kowalska

Geographia Polonica (2008) vol. 81, iss. 2, pp. 100-102 | Full text

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Keywords: geo-visualisation, spatial planning

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

Articles

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 | Full text

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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