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Geo-analysis of Landscape Level Degradation and Natural Risk Formation under Uncertainty



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Environmental Software Systems. Fostering Information Sharing. 10th IFIP WG 5.11 International Symposium, ISESS 2013, Neusiedl am See, Austria, October 9-11, 2013. Proceedings.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Field Earth magnetism, geography
Keywords degradation of landscape; cartographic visualization; uncertainty; natural risk; river landscape; the Leskava stream; the Lačnovský stream
Description Rivers and streams in urban areas are losing their natural environmental qualities. A lack of river management and insufficient interest on the part of municipal authorities has become the norm, especially in the case of small watercourses. Here, an interdisciplinary approach to landscape-level degradation is applied to selected catchments in the Czech Republic (the streams known as the Lačnovský and the Leskava). This approach includes basic geographical approaches to the quantification of the relationship between anthropogenic pressure and ecological stability. The methods employed include hy-dromorphological field research, identification of changes in land use, and an inventory of anthropogenic landforms. The existence of urban stream syndrome was established in model catchments. Parameters for these areas were compared with values for susceptibility to natural risk and preliminary results show a spatial pattern consistent with the areas at most risk also being prone to flooding. The observations were subjected to cartographic visualization and enriched with thematic and temporal uncertainty features, thus refining the results and highlighting any ambiguity.
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