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Place-names and forest vegetation in Tuscany (Italy).

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Room D
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Monday, 31 August 2015
15.15 – 17.00
Keywords:
forest vegetation, GIS mapping, Italy, place names

Tuscan toponyms and their relations with forest vegetation have been recently investigated according to the following methods. Main forest species growing in Tuscany were selected and referred to expressly defined topo-species (corresponding either to botanical species or to groups of species), on the basis of their vernacular names. Tuscan toponyms were related to topo-species thanks to an expressly developed computer program. Each toponym was located by a GIS software. Distribution maps of toponyms were generated and compared with actual Tuscan forest vegetation, also revealing some interesting inconsistencies. The results of this survey and the original investigation methods followed were compared to a previous study on the same subject carried out about forty years ago and the resulting differences were critically discussed.

Federica Frondizi
dede2803 [at] tiscali.it
Laura Cassi
University of Florence
Italy
laura.cassi [at] unifi.it
Bruno Foggi
Dept. BIO, University of Florence
Italy
Luca Ongaro
IAO Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare Florence
Italy
M. Adele Signorini
Dept. BIO University of Florence
Italy

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