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Il paesaggio alpino di confine dalle fonti cartografiche storiche ai Sistemi Informativi Geografici: il caso studio del Contado di Arco (TN)

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Francesco CarrerORCiD


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This paper is the result of an interdisciplinary collaboration that has started within the APSAT Project (Ambiente e Paesaggi dei Siti d'Altura Trentini; director Prof. G.P. Brogiolo, University of Padova), between the research unit of historical geography and that of archaeology. This paper aims to read the evolution/changing of territorial dynamics of the boundary Alpine landscape of the ancient Contado di Arco (TN), starting from the analysis of a late XVIIth – early XVIIIth century largescale historical map linked to contemporary documents. From this analysis first reflections about the “narration” of the boundary subject on historical geography sources have been developed. Then, a compared analysis with later cartography, as well as with aerial photographies and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) images that show the local morphology, has been carried out. All these instruments have been integrated inside a Geographical Information System (GIS), and a virtual multi-temporal platform has been created, as it is useful to implement a remote-sensing analysis of the studied territory. This will allow a diachronic reconstruction of the evolution of landscape, with the purpose of reading and interpreting the border in a retrospective and prospective way. The subject integration has then shown its importance in order to find out archaeological sites, to interpret function and chronology of rural architecture features, to re-discover the local thoponyms, to reconstruct land-use and historical roads, as well as to reinterpret the identitary values of landscape. This integration is supposed to be very fruitful, especially to manage the local resources and to propose a sustainable planning of the territory, with a multiple scale approach.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Carrer F, Tanzarella A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bollettino AIC

Year: 2010

Volume: 139-140

Pages: 45-62

Print publication date: 01/01/2010

ISSN (print): 0044-9733

Publisher: Associazione Italiana di Cartografia