Research of Toruń scientists supports spatial planning and landscape design


The article “Landscape metrics as a tool for analysis of urban pedodiversity” by the scientists from the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Spatial Management of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń was published in Land Degradation and Development – a renowned scientific journal of environmental and soil sciences.

The scientists’ goal was to develop a new quantitative and qualitative methods for assessing the diversity of urban soils using landscape metrics and to determine the degree of their transformation. The method proposed by scientists from Toruń uses the original soil diversity indicator based on a statistically sound choice of several landscape metrics.

Based on this method, researchers have precisely indicated the soils transformed as a result of human activity in Inowrocław and the areas where the losses of the most fertile soils are the most significant. The results of their research can support spatial planning and landscape design.