Planning Restoration in a Cultural Landscape in Italy Using an Object-based Approach and Historical Analysis

Marignani, M., D. Rocchini, D. Torri, A. Chiarucci and S. Maccherini

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We present a proposal for a standardized method to develop restoration practices capable of increasing the efficacy of landscape management and create the necessary bridge between restoration planning and landscape ecology. This methodology was developed in order to identify the reference landscape and to define areas within that landscape that possess different degrees of potential for restoration purposes in a cultural landscape. We utilized retrospective data to compare former ecosystem arrangements, taking into account ecological, spatial and temporal issues, such as historical information on changes in land use, in addition to diachronically analyzed aerial photos taken between 1954 and 2002, using an object-based approach. The test area is a Nature Reserve in Tuscany (Italy) that preserves the cultural landscape of biancane badlands – erosion forms generated on Plio-Pleistocene marine clay outcrops – which is characterized by a high erosion rate.

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Landscape and Urban Planning