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Daniela Marchetti

190 shared publications

Dipartimento di Bioscienze e Territorio, Università degli Studi del Molise, Pesche, Italy

Luca Salvati

115 shared publications

Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Forestry Research Centre, I-52100 Arezzo, Italy

Andrea Colantoni

77 shared publications

Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), Tuscia University, Via San Camillo de Lellis, 01100 Viterbo, Italy

Luigi Perini

8 shared publications

Italian Council of Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Via del Caravita 7a, I-00186 Rome, Italy

Ilaria Tombolini

1 shared publications

Italian Council of Agricultural Research and Economics (CREA), Via della Navicella 2, I-00184 Rome, Italy

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Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Rural Districts between Urbanization and Land Abandonment: Undermining Long-Term Changes in Mediterranean Landscapes Ilaria Zambon, Agostino Ferrara, Rosanna Salvia, Enrico Mosc... Published: 12 April 2018
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su10041159
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The present study investigates changes in the rural landscapes of a Mediterranean country (Greece) over a long time period (1970–2015) encompassing economic expansions and recessions. Using a spatial distribution of 5 basic agricultural land-use classes (arable land, garden crop, vineyards, tree crop and fallow land) derived from official statistics at 6 years (1970, 1979, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2015), a quantitative analysis based on correlation and multivariate techniques was carried out to identify recent changes in the Greek agricultural landscape at prefectural level during different economic waves. Empirical results evidenced both intuitive and counter-intuitive landscape transformations, including: (i) a progressive, spatially-homogeneous reduction of cropland; (ii) a (more or less) rapid decrease in the surface of high-input crops, including arable land, horticulture and vineyards; (iii) a parallel increase in the surface of tree crops, especially olive; (iv) a spatially-heterogeneous decrease of fallow land concentrated in metropolitan and tourism districts, especially in the last decade; and, finally, (v) increasingly diversified landscapes in rural, accessible areas close to the sea coast. Based on a correlation analysis with background socioeconomic indicators, our findings reflect the multiple impacts of urbanization and land abandonment on the composition and diversity of rural landscapes. Changes in agricultural land-use were moulded by multiple drivers depending on latent transformations in rural systems and inherent conflicts with expanding urban regions. Together with market conditions and the Common Agricultural Policy subsidy regime, social contexts and the economic cycle are important when identifying long-term changes in agricultural landscapes, especially in transitional socio-ecological systems.
Article 0 Reads 0 Citations Long-term growth and metropolitan spatial structures: an analysis of factors influencing urban patch size under differen... Luca Salvati, Agostino Ferrara, Francesco Chelli Published: 09 October 2017
Geografisk Tidsskrift-Danish Journal of Geography, doi: 10.1080/00167223.2017.1386582
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Article 0 Reads 10 Citations Resilient landscapes in Mediterranean urban areas: Understanding factors influencing forest trends Antonio Tomao, Valerio Quatrini, Piermaria Corona, Agostino ... Published: 01 July 2017
Environmental Research, doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.03.006
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Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Complexity in action: Untangling latent relationships between land quality, economic structures and socio-spatial patter... Luca Salvati, Ilaria Tombolini, Roberta Gemmiti, Margherita ... Published: 02 June 2017
PLOS ONE, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0177853
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Land quality, a key economic capital supporting local development, is affected by biophysical and anthropogenic factors. Taken as a relevant attribute of economic systems, land quality has shaped the territorial organization of any given region influencing localization of agriculture, industry and settlements. In regions with long-established human-landscape interactions, such as the Mediterranean basin, land quality has determined social disparities and polarization in the use of land, reflecting the action of geographical gradients based on elevation and population density. The present study investigates latent relationships within a large set of indicators profiling local communities and land quality on a fine-grained resolution scale in Italy with the aim to assess the potential impact of land quality on the regional socioeconomic structure. The importance of land quality gradients in the socioeconomic configuration of urban and rural regions was verified analyzing the distribution of 149 socioeconomic and environmental indicators organized in 5 themes and 17 research dimensions. Agriculture, income, education and labour market variables discriminate areas with high land quality from areas with low land quality. While differential land quality in peri-urban areas may reflect conflicts between competing actors, moderate (or low) quality of land in rural districts is associated with depopulation, land abandonment, subsidence agriculture, unemployment and low educational levels. We conclude that the socioeconomic profile of local communities has been influenced by land quality in a different way along urban-rural gradients. Policies integrating environmental and socioeconomic measures are required to consider land quality as a pivotal target for sustainable development. Regional planning will benefit from an in-depth understanding of place-specific relationships between local communities and the environment.
Article 0 Reads 4 Citations Social Memory and the Resilience of Communities Affected by Land Degradation Geoff A. Wilson, Claire L. Kelly, Helen Briassoulis, Agostin... Published: 08 February 2017
Land Degradation & Development, doi: 10.1002/ldr.2669
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Article 0 Reads 1 Citation Forest and the city: A multivariate analysis of peri-urban forest land cover patterns in 283 European metropolitan areas Luca Salvati, Flavia Ranalli, Margherita Carlucci, Achille I... Published: 01 February 2017
Ecological Indicators, doi: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.09.025
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