International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2557

Full Length Research Paper

Application of the global indicators to landscape change modeling on Prahova Valley (Romanian Carpathians and Subcarpathians)

Ileana Pătru-Stupariu1*, Mihai-Sorin Stupariu2, Roxana Cuculici1 and Alina Huzui1
  1Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Bd. N. Balcescu, 1, 010041 Bucharest, Romania. 2Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bucharest, Str. Academiei, 14, 010014 Bucharest, Romania.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 January 2011
  •  Published: 04 February 2011



Interdisciplinary approaches to landscape assessment are an extremely important component of environmental issues modelling and, consequently, of sustainable development. Thus, in recent years, specific indicators whose understanding and application requires a multidisciplinary background have been widely introduced and used. Examples of such indicators are landscape metrics, which reveal quantitative information concerning the structure, the features and the functionality of landscapes. The aim of the present study was to reveal the importance of global landscape metrics for monitoring the diversity, the fragmentation, the complexity and the homogeneity of a region. Based on 1970 maps and on 2009 satellite images, the values of seven global landscape metrics were computed for the mountainous and sub-mountainous region of the Prahova valley (Romania). The values highlighted the tendency of clustering and homogenization correlated with a decrease of shape complexity at landscape level. The information obtained can be useful both in landscape planning and habitat monitoring, as well as control of human intervention and anthropization.


Key words: Landscape metrics, fragmentation, diversity, homogeneity, complexity.