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The Vulnerability Of The Environment As A Limiting Factor To Spatial Development In Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.02  Humanities  Geography  Social geography 

Code Science Field
T260  Technological sciences  Physical planning 
B700  Biomedical sciences  Environmental health 
landscape types, Slovenia, environmental vulnerability, indicators and criteria, air, water, humus, flora, relief
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  15403  PhD Dejan Cigale  Geography  Researcher  1997 - 1999  411 
2.  14714  Marjeta Hočevar  Geography  Researcher  1997 - 1999  57 
3.  16049  PhD Barbara Lampič  Humanities  Researcher  1998 - 1999  530 
4.  10260  PhD Irena Rejec Brancelj  Geography  Researcher  1998 - 1999  213 
5.  00343  Peter Repolusk  Geography  Researcher  1998 - 1999  216 
6.  17345  Iztok Sajko    Researcher  1998 - 1999  78 
7.  17346  Matjaž Skobir  Computer science and informatics  Researcher  1998 - 1999  28 
8.  16050  PhD Aleš Smrekar  Geography  Researcher  1998 - 1999  400 
9.  04291  PhD Metka Špes  Geography  Head  1997 - 1999  521 
The study originates from the provisions of the Act on Environment Protection that determines that the planning, programming and direction of spatial development has to come from studies in environment degradation. We assess the level of environment vulnerability in all landscape-ecological units of Slovenia, especially bringing to attention those spatial units where there is an increase in the level of degradation of one or more of the landscape''s components. For a final assessment of joint degradation of the environment, we professionally analyse in detail air, water (surface and underground), the relief with lithology, soil and flora. For each of the landscape components we also determine indicators and criteria, defining their importance in assessing the environment degradation. Individual human activities or spatial users are treated practically with quantitative and qualitative analysis of the environment. In the follow-up to this project, we are also preparing models of degradation of different landscape types for different active (settlement, transport, industry, energy infrastructure, etc.) and passive (farming, forestry, isolated natural forms of recreation) spatial interventions. With a selected limited number of landscape types (wide ground valleys and basins or fields with high underground streams as important sources of drinking water and one of the most important limiting factors of continued spatial intervention, narrow and closed Alpine, Sub-alpine and Dinaric basins and valleys, high mountain and mountain types, hilly Sub-alpine and Sub-Mediterranean - Flysch regions, etc.) we shall avoid, on the one hand, a large number of landscape units and, on the other hand, preserve a review over the characteristic landscape diversity of our country. Each of the activities has specific ''''claims'''' on the environment that in the same way is variously degraded with specific effects. We arrive from analyses of actual and potential effects of specific activities and all their apparent forms, functions and structures - that is from a catalogue of interventions. We also arrive at the supposition that the same or similar human influences cause similar negative (only exceptionally positive) landscape effects in the same type of landscape. In the main this year''s studies were directed towards: - forming criteria for the landscape-ecological division of Slovenia into landscape types and regionalisation, - selecting indicators and criteria for assessing the degradation of specific landscape components.
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