Recent landscape changes in mediterranean forest systems of Spain

P. Regato, M. Castejón, G. Tella, S. Giménez, I. Barrera, R. Elena-Rosello


Partial and preliminary results obtained from a Spanish forest formation dynamics study are presented in this paper. Seven land squares located in different land classes and selected according to a fitoclimatological gradient (Allue, 1990), have been diacronically analyzed using aerial photointerpretation and spatial analysis with G.I.S. techniques. As an overall trend, polarization in forest pattern evolution has been detected: Fragmentation and diversification have occurred in coastal and/or periurban areas, and homogenization and extensification have occurred in inner and remote areas.


Forest Dynamics; Landscape Ecology; Spain; Mediterranean