Physico-geographical mesoregions of Poland : verification and adjustment of boundaries on the basis of contemporary spatial data

Jerzy Solon , Jan Borzyszkowski , Małgorzata Bidłasik , Andrzej Richling , Krzysztof Badora , Jarosław Balon , Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik , Łukasz Chabudziński , Radosław Dobrowolski , Izabela Grzegorczyk , Miłosz Jodłowski , Mariusz Kistowski , Rafał Kot , Paweł Krąż , Jerzy Lechnio , Andrzej Macias , Anna Majchrowska , Ewa Malinowska , Piotr Migoń , Urszula Myga-Piątek , Jerzy Nita , Elżbieta Papińska , Jan Rodzik , Małgorzata Strzyż , Sławomir Terpiłowski , Wiesław Ziaja


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.
Author Jerzy Solon
Jerzy Solon,,
, Jan Borzyszkowski
Jan Borzyszkowski,,
, Małgorzata Bidłasik
Małgorzata Bidłasik,,
, Andrzej Richling
Andrzej Richling,,
, Krzysztof Badora
Krzysztof Badora,,
, Jarosław Balon
Jarosław Balon,,
, Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik
Teresa Brzezińska-Wójcik,,
, Łukasz Chabudziński
Łukasz Chabudziński,,
, Radosław Dobrowolski
Radosław Dobrowolski,,
, Izabela Grzegorczyk
Izabela Grzegorczyk,,
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Journal seriesGeographia Polonica, ISSN 0016-7282, e-ISSN 2300-7362, (B 15 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets1.35
Keywords in Englishregionalisation, spatial units, boundaries of regions, Poland
ASJC Classification3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 1900 General Earth and Planetary Sciences
Languageen angielski
LicenseRepository; published final; Uznanie Autorstwa - Na Tych Samych Warunkach (CC-BY-SA); with publication
Score (nominal)15
Score sourcejournalList
ScoreMinisterial score = 15.0, 05-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 0.546
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