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Title: Physico-geographical mesoregions of Poland: Verification and adjustment of boundaries on the basis of contemporary spatial data
Authors: Solon, Jerzy
Borzyszkowski, Jan
Bidłasik, Małgorzata
Richling, Andrzej
Badora, Krzysztof
Balon, Jarosław
Brzezińska-Wójcik, Teresa
Chabudziński, Łukasz
Dobrowolski, Radosław
Grzegorczyk, Izabela
Jodłowski, Miłosz
Kistowski, Mariusz
Kot, Rafał
Krąż, Paweł
Lechnio, Jerzy
Macias, Andrzej
Majchrowska, Anna
Malinowska, Ewa
Migoń, Piotr
Myga-Piątek, Urszula
Nita, Jerzy
Papińska, Elżbieta
Rodzik, Jan
Strzyż, Małgorzata
Terpiłowski, Sławomir
Ziaja, Wiesław
Keywords: regionalisation; spatial units; boundaries of regions; Poland
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Geographia Polonica, (Vol. 91, No. 2 (2018), s. 143-170)
Abstract: The programme of identification, cataloguing and evaluation of Polish landscapes, part of the implementation of the European Landscape Convention, has caused an increase in interest in physico-geographical regionalisation over recent years. The commonly accepted regionalisation of Poland developed by J. Kondracki (Kondracki & Richling 1994) is sufficient for work at an overview scale (e.g. 1:500,000), whereas its spatial accuracy is too low to make use of it for the purpose of Polish landscape cataloguing. The aim of this article is to present a more up-to-date and detailed division of Poland into mesoregions, adjusted to the 1:50,000 scale. In comparison with older work, the number of mesoregions has increased from 316 to 344. In many cases, some far-reaching changes in meso- and macroregions were made. Nevertheless, in most cases the previous system of units was maintained, with more detailed adjustment of boundaries based on the latest geological and geomorphological data and the use of GIS tools for the DEM analysis. The division presented here is a creatively developing new work aligning the proposals of the majority of Polish researchers. At the same time, it is a regionalisation maintaining the idea of the work developed by J. Kondracki as well as his theoretical assumptions and the criteria used to distinguish units, which makes it a logical continuation of his regional division.
DOI: 10.7163/GPol.0115
ISSN: 0016-7282
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