Urban dynamics in Kaliningrad and Klaipėda coastal regions by remote sensing and GIS

Abstract : Since the end of USSR, the restoration of Lithuanian independence, the Lithuanian and the Kaliningrad oblast coastal zone have been a different growth of urban territories; evolution linked to the specific initial territorial structures of both coastal regions. The diachronic analysis made from Landsat and DMSP remote sensing satellite images and the urban spatial development modelled in geographic information system (GIS) give an idea about some important geographic transformations under processes since 1986. Both coastal regions are characterised, as the entire Baltic coast in Poland and Leetonia, since 5 years, by a common urban dynamic of spatial dispersion and suburban sprawl. They are giving at the regional level different forms of urban structures and territorial organisations because of pre-existing Prussian, Lithuanian and Russian landscapes shapes. The present process of suburbanisation and spatial dispersion can be put in parallel with 1970 and 1980’s spatial dynamics in Western Europe.
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Sébastien Gadal. Urban dynamics in Kaliningrad and Klaipėda coastal regions by remote sensing and GIS. Tiltai, Klaipeda University Press, 2010, 50 (1), pp.101-110. ⟨hal-01398430⟩

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