Fuzzy definition of Rural Urban Interface: An application based on land use change scenarios in Portugal

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serval:BIB_022D3779D3DC
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
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Publications
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Title
Fuzzy definition of Rural Urban Interface: An application based on land use change scenarios in Portugal
Journal
Environmental Modelling & Software
Author(s)
Amato Federico, Tonini Marj, Murgante Beniamino, Kanevski Mikhail
ISSN
1364-8152
Publication state
Published
Issued date
06/2018
Volume
104
Pages
171-187
Abstract
Land cover dynamics influence the spatio-temporal evolution of the Rural-Urban Interface (RUI). This represents the most prone area for human-caused forest fires ignitions in Mediterranean countries. Traditionally, RUI mapping is based on the measurement of the distances among specific land covers. This methodology suffers from the definition of pre-established fixed parameters. To avoid this arbitrariness, a new procedure based on Multilayer Perceptron and Fuzzy Set Theory is introduced in this paper. This allows to develop continuous non-categorical maps expressing the possibility of being part of this interface. Thus, an innovative way for assessing the uncertainty in identifying RUI is presented. The proposed methodology has been applied to the case study of Portugal, elaborating a future scenario for the RUI. The results show how the framework proposed in this paper is able to correctly identify the areas belonging to this interface, providing useful information for forest fires -prevention policies.
Keywords
Rural-urban interface, Land use-land cover changes, Multilayer perceptron, Fuzzy set theory, Uncertainty assessment
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25/04/2018 14:34
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21/08/2019 6:15
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