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Volume 18, issue 6
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1647–1664, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1647-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
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Special issue: Spatial and temporal patterns of wildfires: models, theory,...

Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 1647–1664, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-18-1647-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 13 Jun 2018

Research article | 13 Jun 2018

Global assessment of rural–urban interface in Portugal related to land cover changes

Marj Tonini et al.

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Vector shapefiles of the rural-urban interface in Portugal estimated for different periods (1990, 2000, 2006, 2012) M. Tonini, J. Parente, and M. Pereira https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1256582

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We assessed the evolution of the rural–urban interface (RUI) in Portugal based on land cover changes. A significant increase in artificial surfaces was registered near the main metropolitan communities, whilst the abandonment of agricultural land near the inland urban areas led to an increase in uncultivated semi-natural areas. Consequently, RUI increased more than two-thirds and burnt areas within the RUI doubled, emphasizing the importance of RUI monitoring for land and fire managers.
We assessed the evolution of the rural–urban interface (RUI) in Portugal based on land cover...
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