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Models of Urban Land Use in Europe: Assessment Tools and Criticalities

Bernardino Romano and Francesco Zullo
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Bernardino Romano: DICEAA, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy
Francesco Zullo: DICEAA, University of L’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

International Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Information Systems (IJAEIS), 2013, vol. 4, issue 3, 80-97

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to examine available homogenous data on urban conversion of land in Western European countries and determine whether they are suitable to make an international comparison between land policies and management behaviour at the local level. This paper provides some results obtained from currently available information, but it stresses major data production criticalities which hinder the performance of comparable and reliable overall statistical studies. Conclusions stress the need for greater detail in the production of primary data on the features and magnitude of territorial urbanisation in Europe, as the EEA is doing for main cities. Moreover, this paper includes some remarks on the contents of the preliminary documents of EU soil directive. In particular, it focuses on the issue of urban transformation thresholds over time, a topic that has already been tackled by some northern European countries, however using techniques which cannot be applied as they are to all other countries.

Date: 2013
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