The potential of a digital, transdisciplinary approach to landscape change and urbanization around Copenhagen in the 20th century

Stig Roar Svenningsen, Mads Linnet Perner

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Urbanization has long been recognised as a major driver for landscape change in the vicinity of major cities and urban systems. Studies of the historical process of urbanization often rely on spatial data or statistics and rarely include detailed historical socio-economic data. This research note aims to emphasize the potential of using digitized cultural heritage data in landscape research. The focus is on how a digital transdisciplinary approach, combining an array of large historical datasets, can provide insights into the link between socio-economic factors and landscape changes at property level. Using the case of a single farm on the outskirts of Copenhagen, we demonstrate how linked historical data can help to reconstruct the urbanization process on a local scale and to trace driving forces of landscape change. The results also suggest that there is enormous potential for landscape research to utilize such historical data.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeografisk Tidsskrift
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)30-37
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2019

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