Analysis of historical change using cadastral materials in the carpathian foothills

Francis Harvey, Dominik Kaim, Agnieszka Gajda

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Historical cadastral materials can provide the means to study land use changes. In this paper we describe a cadastral-based analysis of land use changes over a150-year period in a village located in the southeastern portion of Poland, known as Galicia, located in the Carpathian foothills. For this analysis, we rely on Austrian-Hungarian cadastral material from the mid-nineteenth and recent cadastral information. We describe the gridded, spatial analysis methods developed for this study. Contrary to expectations, the study discovered a surprising stability in the parcel boundaries during the 150-year period. These specific methods are valuable for studies in areas where Franciscan cadastral materials from the Austrian and Austro-Hungarian Empires were created. Although distinct from land cover-based studies of land cover changes, these techniques and their application are also relevant in other areas of the world where historical cadastral materials can be found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-21
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Geography
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Cadastre
  • Carpathians
  • Land use change
  • Poland


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