Land use flows around Copenhagen

Below you can see an illustration of land use transformations to and from urban areas in the Copenhagen Metropolitan Region. I would have liked to use a sort of Sankey diagramme, but with the relative small amount of changes compared to the amount of stable urban land use it would have looked strange. Instead it is more or less a simple table, showing how many hectares of land of four different types of land use became urban land use (annually for 1990-2000 and 2000-2006 respectively), and how many hectares of urban land changed into one of the four other land uses.

You can see that most new urban land is established on former agricultural land. Between 2000 and 2006 the urban land take was much higher than between 1990 and 2000, 7-folding the annual take to 340 ha per year. After talking with people from the Ministry of Environment this should be down to 100 ha in the recent years. Unfortuanately there is only data available up to 2006 (in that format). Interesting, but not surprising, is also that almost no urban land is transferred back to other uses. Once urban – always urban.

Data source: CORINE land cover


~ by landblend on 29/09/2011.

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