Determination of landscape hotspots of Slovenia

Drago Perko, Mauro Hrvatin, Rok Ciglič

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3986/AGS.4618

Abstract

Based on digital data on relief, rock, and vegetation, the most significant elements of the internal structure of Slovenian landscapes, and their external appearance, a geographic information system was used to calculate landscape diversity of Slovenia. Areas with high landscape diversity are landscape hotspots, and areas with low landscape diversity are landscape coldspots. One-tenth of Slovenia with the highest landscape diversity was defined as landscape hotspots, and one-tenth of Slovenia with the lowest landscape diversity was defined as landscape coldspots. Most landscape hotspots are located in the Alpine part of Slovenia (more than two-thirds of their total area), and most landscape coldspots in the Dinaric part of Slovenia (almost half of their total area).

Keywords

geography; relief; rocks; vegetation; landscape diversity; landscape hotspot; landscape coldspot; geographic information system; Slovenia

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