Applying the GIS system to assess the spatial order of rural areas

key words: spatial order, spatial order assessment, rural areas, spatial analyses, GIS


One of the indicators of sustainable development is spatial order, under-stood as a spatial arrangement which includes e.g. natural, social and economic, cultural as well as compositional and aesthetic conditions. Ensuring spatial order in rural areas is difficult due to various forms of elements occurring there. How-ever, the original method for assessing spatial order of rural areas presented in the study allows to assess the spatial order and at the same time provides the possibility of demonstrating which of the elements making up the space under analysis has a negative effect on the land management status.
The study also presents a theoretical concept of a GIS database supporting the assessment of the spatial order of rural areas, indicating its source components, which include, e.g. a land and building register and a soil-agricultural map. Additionally, it also shows some examples of spatial analyses, the results of which have been derived in the form of a map assessing the status of spatial order and
a tabular-descriptive report supplementing it.




Podciborski T., Trystuła A. 2010. Applying the GIS system to assess the spatial order of rural areas. Infrastruktura i Ekologia Terenów Wiejskich. Nr 2010/ 13