Monday, May 8, 2017

Visibility analysis and landscape evaluation in Martin river cultural park (Aragon, Spain) integrating biophysical and visual units

Visibility analysis and landscape evaluation in Martin river cultural park (Aragon, Spain) integrating biophysical and visual units.

Iván Franch-Pardo, Luis Cancer-Pomar, and Brian M. Napoletano

Journal of Maps: Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 415-424. doi: 10.1080/17445647.2017.1319881

Abstract

The European Landscape Convention (ELC) has encouraged affiliated
countries to develop several assessment methodologies to facilitate land
management in an effort to develop compatible, integrative assessment
techniques that can be applied in diverse geographic settings. Here we
begin to address the question of how to develop comprehensive landscape
assessments based on the criteria of the ELC by integrating landscape
studies using biophysical and visual characteristics. We assessed
visibility, quality, and fragility to determine aptitude for protection
based on both biophysical and visual landscape units. We selected the
Martin River Cultural Park (Aragon, Spain) as a study area because it is
recognized as a site of cultural and geomorphological importance, it is
situated in a signatory country to the ELC, but has not been subject to
any landscape assessment. The resulting maps of aptitude for protection
can be used to prioritize landscapes for protection based on their
levels of quality and fragility.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Informality and Geographic Rift in Latin America

Marginal Urbanisms: Informal and Formal Development in Cities of Latin America, a book I wrote a chapter for on geographic rift a few years back, has just been published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. The chapter I wrote, with Jaime Panaque-Gálvez, Claudio Garibay Orozco, and Antonio Vieyra, is titled "Informality and Geographic Rift in Latin America." The book is available via the link below:

Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Marginal Urbanisms