Identification of rural landscape classes through a GIS clustering method

Irene Diti, Daniele Torreggiani, Patrizia Tassinari

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The paper presents a methodology aimed at supporting the rural planning process. The analysis of the state of the art of local and regional policies focused on rural and suburban areas, and the study of the scientific literature in the field of spatial analysis methodologies, have allowed the definition of the basic concept of the research. The proposed method, developed in a GIS, is based on spatial metrics selected and defined to cover various agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic components. The specific goal of the proposed methodology is to identify homogeneous extra-urban areas through their objective characterization at different scales. Once areas with intermediate urban-rural characters have been identified, the analysis is then focused on the more detailed definition of periurban agricultural areas. The synthesis of the results of the analysis of the various landscape components is achieved through an original interpretative key which aims to quantify the potential impacts of rural areas on the urban system. This paper presents the general framework of the methodology and some of the main results of its first implementation through an Italian case study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-491
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Agricultural Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Bioengineering
  • Countryside classification
  • GIS model
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Periurban agricultural areas
  • Rural planning


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