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scape units generate an optimum functional structure for the well-being of
the residents [5].
The results of this first step are necessary to select particular case stud-
ies; hence, using a fine-scale approach, we should be able to: (1) quantify
the surfaces and the distribution of each category (and subcategories); and
(2) evaluate the spatial pattern structure and connections among categories
through the use of dedicated landscape metrics [4].
According to previous spatial/ecological results, we will categorize the
case studies into homogeneous groups, each one characterized by the same
general spatial pattern of the categories previously mentioned. Using the
nested classification, we aim to assess if there is a relationship between the
types of spatial pattern and perceived quality of life. This will be achieved
by integrating the geospatial characterization of the landscape mosaic with
health data and structured and unstructured interviews with “residents” on
the perceived quality of life [2, 3]. Results and Expected Impact on the Quality of Life
With this multiscale study , we expect to improve the knowledge of the
Adriatic city, with specific regard to the spatial relationship among the
most important green elements that determine the structure of urban and
peri-urban landscapes. Furthermore, thanks to the integration of geospatial
data on land cover and the assessment of the benefit of green space for
quality of life through the residents' eyes, we expect to be able to integrate
knowledge for policymakers that can have strong implications for multi-
scale spatial planning .
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