This paper deals with the perception of land (in particular, agricultural land) among the Slovenian population in Istria. It studies the mechanisms of understanding, comprehending, and evaluating the notion of land and changes connected with it in the context of landscape changes in the twentieth century. The empirical section, which traces the processes of grounded theory, was carried out using ATLAS.ti software. The result of an analysis of 147 specialized and general texts yielded several mutually coordinated and connected aspects of the land that reveal a diverse social conception of the land and land dynamics, and that express the close interconnectedness of material and intangible elements, as well as their underlying processes.
In this study the results of field-based geomorphological mapping and results obtained with the use of geoinformatic tools were compared. In the field, the relief forms were determined with the use of geomorphological mapping, whereas two geoinformation tools were used in computer analysis: the method of comparison of smoothed digital elevation model with the original and the method of Surface Specific Points. The analysis was conducted on study area at Koprivniško podolje with digital elevation model 12.5 m. Comparison of results of the methods revealed that 65.5–100 % different concave relief forms, determined with the use of geomorphological mapping were confirmed with the use of comparison of smoothed with original digital elevation model. Surface Specific Points method confirmed 26.4–100 % concave relief forms. Vice versa, with the use of geomorphological mapping, 74 % of concave relief forms, determined with the use of comparison of smoothed with original elevation model, and 65.2–69.5 % of gullies and depressions, determined with the Surface Specific Points method, were confirmed.
Chapter in the scientific monograph, published by Springer, describes the development of modern geomorphology in Slovenia. The introduction which brings a description of history of geomorphological study in Slovenia is followed by a review of the types of relief and the relief development in Slovenia, in particular of karstic, fluvial, glacial and coastal relief types.