Long-term changes in the configuration of agriculture and natural areas around cities in the Netherlands (1900-1990)

Erez Hatna, Martha M. Bakker

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Abstract

Cities' influence on the spatial configuration of land in their proximity has presumably changed during the last century as agriculture, cities, and transportation evolved. Investigation of these changes has been limited due to the limited availability of historical maps in digital form. In this chapter, we employ a set of digitized historical land-cover maps in order to compare the spatial distribution of cropland, pasture, and nature surrounding cities in the Netherlands for three time periods: 1900, 1960 and 1990. Our findings suggest that the land cover around cities was relatively stable during these time periods. However, we discovered that, near the perimeter of cities, in 1900, we could discern a clear trend of higher fractions of cropland. These tendencies weakened by the middle of the century and almost completely ceased by 1990.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationModeling of Land-use and Ecological Dynamics
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Pages37-49
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9783642401992
ISBN (Print)9783642401985
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Hatna, E., & Bakker, M. M. (2013). Long-term changes in the configuration of agriculture and natural areas around cities in the Netherlands (1900-1990). In Modeling of Land-use and Ecological Dynamics (pp. 37-49). Springer Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-40199-2_3