Comparison of the land uses on the Island of Skiathos, Greece
Fani Samara1, Stavros Sakellariou2, Stergios Tampekis3, Olga Christopoulou4, Athanasios Sfougaris5
1Fani Samara, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Greece.
2Stavros Sakellariou, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Greece.
3Dr. Stergios Tampekis, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Greece.
4Olga Christopoulou, Professor, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly, Greece.
5Athanasios Sfougaris, Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture, Crop Production and Rural Environment, University of Thessaly, Fytokou Street, N. Ionia, GR-384 46, Volos, Greece.
Manuscript received on November 08, 2015. | Revised Manuscript received on November 18, 2015. | Manuscript published on November 30, 2015. | PP: 23-26 | Volume-2 Issue-12, November 2015. | Retrieval Number: L03471121215
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Abstract: The island of Skiathos has a total area of 50 sq. Km, accounting for 1.6% of the area of the prefecture of Magnesia and 0.28% of the Region of Thessaly, Greece. The land is hilly and attributed to farmland, meadows, woodlands, on land covered by water and land occupied by settlements and roads. Also, a large part occupied by burnt areas resulted from the fire of 2007. The aim of this paper is to present the progress of the existing land uses at the Island of Skiathos for the last decades. With the contribution of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the orthophotomaps, the spatial planning of the land uses can be evaluated for all these years and the total area can also be calculated. Our results are important for understanding the impacts of land uses on ecosystems in the frame of sustainable development. In the past there wasn’t other research about the land uses of Skiathos Island and also is the first digitization of the area.
Keywords: GIS, land uses, area, Island, thematic maps.