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Agostino Ferrara

150 shared publications

School of Agricultural, Forest, Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Basilicata, Potenza, Italy

Andrea Colantoni

84 shared publications

Tuscia University–(DAFNE) Department of Agricultural and Forestry scieNcEs- Via San Camillo de Lellis, Viterbo, Italy

Sofia Bajocco

33 shared publications

Italian Council for Research in Agriculture, Unit of Climatology and Meteorology Applied to Agriculture (CRA‐CMA), Via del Caravita 7a, I‐00186, Rome, Italy

Margherita Carlucci

28 shared publications

Department Social and Economic Sciences, 'Sapienza' University, P.le A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy

Fabrizio Patriarca

18 shared publications

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(2011 - 2017)
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Article 0 Reads 2 Citations Complexity in action: Untangling latent relationships between land quality, economic structures and socio-spatial patter... Ilaria Tombolini, Roberta Gemmiti, Margherita Carlucci, Sofi... 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 17 Citations Long-Term Urban Growth and Land Use Efficiency in Southern Europe: Implications for Sustainable Land Management Luigi Perini, Marco Zitti, Carlotta Ferrara, Margherita Carl... Published: 19 March 2015
Sustainability, doi: 10.3390/su7033359
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The present study illustrates a multidimensional analysis of an indicator of urban land use efficiency (per-capita built-up area, LUE) in mainland Attica, a Mediterranean urban region, along different expansion waves (1960–2010): compaction and densification in the 1960s, dispersed growth along the coasts and on Athens’ fringe in the 1970s, fringe consolidation in the 1980s, moderate re-polarization and discontinuous expansion in the 1990s and sprawl in remote areas in the 2000s. The non-linear trend in LUE (a continuous increase up to the 1980s and a moderate decrease in 1990 and 2000 preceding the rise observed over the last decade) reflects Athens’ expansion waves. A total of 23 indicators were collected by decade for each municipality of the study area with the aim of identifying the drivers of land use efficiency. In 1960, municipalities with low efficiency in the use of land were concentrated on both coastal areas and Athens’ fringe, while in 2010, the lowest efficiency rate was observed in the most remote, rural areas. Typical urban functions (e.g., mixed land uses, multiple-use buildings, vertical profile) are the variables most associated with high efficiency in the use of land. Policies for sustainable land management should consider local and regional factors shaping land use efficiency promoting self-contained expansion and more tightly protecting rural and remote land from dispersed urbanization. LUE is a promising indicator reflecting the increased complexity of growth patterns and may anticipate future urban trends.
PREPRINT 0 Reads 0 Citations Economic Convergence with Divergence in Environmental Quality? Desertification Risk and the Economic Structure of a Medi... PIERO ESPOSITO, Fabrizio Patriarca, Luigi Perini, Luca Salva... Published: 01 January 2013
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The present study investigates the relationship between land vulnerability to desertification and the evolution of the productive structure in Italy during the last fifty years (1960-2010). The objectives of the study are two-fold: (i) to present and discuss an original analysis of the income-environment relationship in an economic-convergent and environmental-divergent country and (ii) to evaluate the impact of the (changing) productive structure and selected socio-demographic characteristics on the level of land vulnerability. The econometric analysis indicates that the relationship between per capita GDP and land vulnerability across Italian provinces is completely reverted once we move from a cross section analysis to panel estimates. While economic and environmental disparities between provinces go in the same direction, with richer provinces having a better land, over time the growth process increases the desertification risk, with the economic structure acting as a significant variable.
Article 0 Reads 11 Citations Climate Aridity and Land Use Changes: A Regional-Scale Analysis L. Salvati, L. PERINI, A. Sabbi, Sofia Bajocco Published: 19 September 2011
Geographical Research, doi: 10.1111/j.1745-5871.2011.00723.x
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In recent years, aridity and drought have become crucial issues at the global scale because of their environmental and socio‐economic implications. On the one hand, aridity causes a reduction in the biological and economic productivity of terrestrial ecosystems, and represents a serious threat to ecological, biogeochemical, and hydrological processes. On the other hand, human use (and abuse) of vulnerable dry land ecosystems may lead to unsustainable land management. Based on these considerations, this paper analyses the recent land cover changes observed in Latium (Italy) during the exceptionally dry period 2000–2007. More than 50% of the area investigated was classified as dry in 2004–2007 compared with 0% in 2000–2003. Moreover, climatic aridity impacted differently on semi‐natural, agricultural, and built‐up land. These findings illustrate a possible scenario for suburban Mediterranean regions: increasing aridity (mainly due to rising temperatures) mainly impacting on peri‐urban land.