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The Analysis of Land Use Based on CORINE Land Cover in the Romanian Part of the Tisa Catchment Area

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Author(s): RAULARIAN RUSU | TITUS MAN | IOAN FODOREAN | CIPRIAN MOLDOVAN

Journal: Romanian Review of Regional Studies
ISSN 1841-1576

Volume: VI;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 47;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: Land use | CORINE land cover | Tisa catchment area | Forests | Arable lands | Grasslands

ABSTRACT
The analysis of the land use structure of the 13 counties of the Romanian part of Tisa catchment area has been made according to the 2000 edition of CORINE Land Cover, while the 1990 edition has been used for comparative purposes. Out of the total area of 8,269,229.48 hectares, the forests cover 37.92%, the arable lands 35.02% and the grasslands 17.97%. The other types of land use have lower weights, such as the continuous and discontinuous urban fabric 4.81%, the orchards 1.10% and the vineyards 0.98%. In the category of forests, the following types of land use are included: broad-leaved forests, which form the majority (24.72%), coniferous forests (6.22%), mixed forests (3.46%) and transitional woodland-shrub areas (3.52%). The forests are mainly located in the Carpathians and the hills. The non-irrigated arable lands (23.50%) are predominant within the arable lands. They lie mostly in the Western Plain and in the basins and corridors of the Transylvanian Depression and the Western Hills. The analysis of the dynamics of the land use structure between 1990 and 2000 indicates a relative stability in the case of forests, a decrease of arable lands and an increase of grasslands.
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