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An overview of urban-rural land use interactions in Greece

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Purpose: The present paper focuses on investigating the principal land use changes in Greece from 1971?1991 and attempts to uncover possible interactions between urban, rural and forest uses. Findings: The interactions do not remain stable in their direction (positive or negative) and importance (high of low) for the two time periods that have been investigated. Practical implications: The correlation analysis can provide useful insights concerning the proximate and underlying causes of land use change. Originality/value: There are no papers investigating land use changes in Greece in the prefectural administrative level covering the whole country.

Keywords: land use changes, land use theories, urban sprawl, correlation analysis, Greece, urban-rural land use, urban land use, rural land use, forest land use, land use interaction

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