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Andrea Colantoni

84 shared publications

Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via S. Camillo De Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy

Margherita Carlucci

60 shared publications

Department of Social and Economic Science, University of Rome La Sapienza, Piazzale A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy

Sofia Bajocco

47 shared publications

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Research Centre for Agriculture and Environment (CREA-AA), I-00198 Rome, Italy

Agostino Ferrara

45 shared publications

School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Via dell’Ateneo Lucano 10, I-85100 Potenza, Italy

Andrea Cutini

26 shared publications

Consiglio per la ricerca in agricoltura e l’analisi dell’economia agraria - Forestry Research Centre, Arezzo, Italy

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Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Economic downturns and compositional effects in regional population structures by age: a multi-temporal analysis in Gree... Federico Benassi, Luca Salvati Published: 13 April 2019
Quality & Quantity, doi: 10.1007/s11135-019-00875-9
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CASE-REPORT 0 Reads 0 Citations Population Age Structure, Complex Socio-Demographic Systems and Resilience Potential: A Spatio-Temporal, Evenness-Based ... Massimo Cecchini, Sirio Cividino, Rosario Turco, Luca Salvat... Published: 06 April 2019
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su11072050
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The present study illustrates an original approach grounded on entropy theory and complex system thinking with the aim to investigate changes over time and space in population structure by age in Italy, in light of socioeconomic resilience and post-crisis recovery potential. Assuming that population structure may reflect different levels of resilience to exogenous shocks, a Pielou J evenness index was calculated on census data made available every 10 years (1861–2011) with the aim to identify compositional homogeneity (or heterogeneity) in the age structure of the Italian population. Trends over time in the Pielou J evenness index were identified using descriptive statistics, comparison with ancillary demographic indicators and multivariate exploratory techniques including principal component analysis. The empirical results allowed the identification of multiple dimensions of demographic transition in Italy, distinguishing two phases, the former encompassing a relatively long time period between 1861 and 1936, and the latter covering a shorter period between 1936 and 2011. A spatially-explicit analysis of Pielou J evenness indices applied to the population age structure of each Italian municipality at the latest survey (2017) finally provided a comprehensive overview of the demographic characteristics likely influencing the resilience potential of local districts. The empirical evidence outlined the consolidation of a coastal–inland divide as a result of the complex linkage between demographic dynamics and local background contexts.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Farmers and the city: Urban sprawl, socio-demographic polarization and land fragmentation in a mediterranean region, 196... Luca Salvati Published: 01 April 2019
City, Culture and Society, doi: 10.1016/j.ccs.2019.03.001
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Southern European cities experienced important transformations toward a more fragmented socio-demographic structure in recent decades. Under the hypothesis that farm characteristics were influenced by the local context where holders live, long-term patterns of socio-demographic polarization in a Mediterranean city were assessed using diachronic data on basic characteristics of farms held by residents in urban and rural districts of the Athens' metropolitan region, Greece (1961–2009). Evidence of this study indicates that the spatial distribution of farms according to the holder's place of residence reflects both traditional and new social gradients linked with the dominant phase of urban expansion. As a result, the local context was related to farmers' preferences and long-term strategies, influencing decisions toward a (more or less) sustainable management of peri-urban land. Results of this study aliment the debate on future development of contemporary cities, shedding further light on the (evolving) socioeconomic relations with the surrounding (rural) regions.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations The (Evolving) Vineyard’s Age Structure in the Valencian Community, Spain: A New Demographic Approach for Rural Developm... Ilaria Zambon, Artemi Cerdà, Sirio Cividino, Luca Salvati Published: 20 March 2019
Agriculture, doi: 10.3390/agriculture9030059
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Vineyards have assumed a key role as rural landmarks in recent decades. Investigating vineyard dynamics and contexts may reveal various economic, cultural, and environmental aspects of rural landscapes, which can be linked to land-use changes and major soil degradation processes, including soil erosion. As a contribution to rural landscape studies, the purpose of this work is to investigate the spatial distribution of vineyard plots in the Valencian community, located in the eastern area of the Iberian Peninsula, focusing on the final product, the type of vineyard and how long each vineyard has been settled over time. The work provides a comprehensive analysis of a wine-growing landscape, considering strategic (spatial) assets in present and past times. Vineyards were interpreted as a distinctive landmarks that give value to local economies; basic knowledge of how long different types of wine plots have been present in the Valencian community is useful when estimating their degree of sustainability and formulating suggestions, policies, and strategies to prevent processes of landscape degradation at various spatial scales.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations A New Wetness Index to Evaluate the Soil Water Availability Influence on Gross Primary Production of European Forests Chiara Proietti, Alessandro Anav, Marcello Vitale, Silvano F... Published: 19 March 2019
Climate, doi: 10.3390/cli7030042
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Rising temperature, drought and more-frequent extreme climatic events have been predicted for the next decades in many regions around the globe. In this framework, soil water availability plays a pivotal role in affecting vegetation productivity, especially in arid or semi-arid environments. However, direct measurements of soil moisture are scarce, and modeling estimations are still subject to biases. Further investigation on the effect of soil moisture on plant productivity is required. This study aims at analyzing spatio-temporal variations of a modified temperature vegetation wetness index (mTVWI), a proxy of soil moisture, and evaluating its effect on gross primary production (GPP) in forests. The study was carried out in Europe on 19 representative tree species during the 2000–2010 time period. Results outline a north–south gradient of mTVWI with minimum values (low soil water availability) in Southern Europe and maximum values (high soil water availability) in Northeastern Europe. A low soil water availability negatively affected GPP from 20 to 80%, as a function of site location, tree species, and weather conditions. Such a wetness index improves our understanding of water stress impacts, which is crucial for predicting the response of forest carbon cycling to drought and aridity.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations The (Evolving) urban footprint under sequential building cycles and changing socio-demographic contexts Ilaria Zambon, Pere Serra, Luca Salvati Published: 01 March 2019
Environmental Impact Assessment Review, doi: 10.1016/j.eiar.2018.11.003
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