Geoadria is a scientific journal that primarily publishes the results of research on the Croatian littoral area and Croatia in general, then the research results of different geographic and geography-related scientific disciplines dealing with the Adriatic area, the Mediterranean and Europe. Papers of any topic dealing with the issues and interactions of physical and human components of the environment using theoretical, methodological or applicable means are welcome. We especially encourage publication of results gained through geospatial tools and methods as well as those that build on previously published research results in Geoadria.

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Status: Active

ISSN (Print): 1331-2294
ISSN (Online): 1848-9710

Publisher/s: Croatian Geographical Society - Zadar ; Department of Geography, University of Zadar

Year of publication of the first issue: 1996

Frequency: biannual

Scientific areas: geology; geophysics; social sciences; demography; geography


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Vol. 26 No. 2 (2021)

Ottoman cartography of the Dalmatian hinterland from the beginning of the Candian War

Map of the Bosnian eyalet with its surroundings in the Cosmography of Katib Çelebi from 1648

Elma Korić

The paper presents an Ottoman map, which in one part shows in more detail the area of the Bosnian eyalet with its surroundings, i.e. parts of the area of early modern Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Its author is Haji Khalifa or Katib Çelebi, an Ottoman historian and bibliographer from the mid-17th century. The map is in the autograph of the first version of his work Cosmography (Cihânnümâ) from 1648, preserved in the Austrian National Library in Vienna. The aim of the paper was to establish how the mentioned geographical area was observed by the Ottoman cartographer, what is the possible reason for the creation of the map and what were the sources of information contained in it. As the map was made during the Candian War, after the fall of Klis into Venetian hands in 1648, it is possible that the author himself made the map with the aim of visualizing the Ottoman border in the Dalmatian hinterland and explaining its significance in the Ottoman centre. Solid precision in positioning and listing local toponyms, the direction of providing road communications as well as the content of marginal notes on the map, indicate that the author probably consulted someone familiar with local circumstances.


Characterising of Plant Cover Evolution in the Aurès Region (Eastern Algeria)

Using Landsat Imagery

Hamana Malki, Houda Bezzih, Abdeljalil Aissi
A better understanding of the evolution of vegetation cover is a major concern for countries where mountain ecosystems are undergoing severe degradation. Mediterranean woodland ecosystems in general and those of Algeria in particular, are suffering from numerous types of degradation, be they climatic or anthropogenic. For this reason, and to have a better understanding of this issue and how to deal with it, we decided to carry out a study in the Aures Mountains (eastern Algeria), where the phenomenon of degradation has a direct impact on natural resources. The evolution of the vegetation cover in the region was analysed, using remote sensing data (Landsat-type satellite images) over a 33-year period (1984-2017). A notably pronounced regressive evolution of the plant cover was attributed both to the phenomena of climate change and dieback (which particularly affected the cedar groves) and to the anthropogenic pressure (manifest in fires, overgrazing, illegal cutting, etc.) exerted on the vegetation as a whole. It will therefore become more than necessary to take measures to protect and preserve the region's rich ecological heritage.


The quality of life in housing estates in the context of West-european and post-socialist countries

Anđelina Svirčić Gotovac, Sonja Podgorelec, Željka Kordej-de Villa

This paper provides a clear insight into the quality of life on the level of housing estates in European countries. In doing so, the questions of housing and satisfaction with the housing situation in the estates as well as with surrounding areas and the neighbourhood, in general, is being considered as an important dimension of a complex research concept called the quality of life. In analysing the quality of housing, we inevitably encounter an interesting division into the so-called two different versions of Europe or two types of housing estates. In the phase of planning and constructing, they shared a common idea of designing modern and functional, mixed estates that would solve the housing question of most residents, i.e. of different social classes. However, the first type is marked by the socio- historical context of Western Europe, and the second by Eastern Europe, or as some authors like to frame it, the differences in housing quality between ‘capitalist’ and ‘socialist’ cities. From that perspective specifically, it seems useful to analyse the quality of life and the possibility of renewing both types of housing estates, by now deprived and decrepit, built after the Second World War in both types of cities. This applies equally to those in Western Europe, often marked by a significantly worse image and higher levels of socioeconomic problems (crime, segregation, deterioration and other), as well as the estates in post-socialist Europe, where large housing estates built during the socialist period remain a desirable housing option, but that are increasingly facing problems related to maintenance and upkeep of buildings and built environments (both public and communal spaces). In the last decades, in both types of estates there has been an increasing depopulation of middle and higher classes of residents, which progressively causes segregation but also deterioration in the social and physical sense. All the mentioned negative aspects of the housing quality require adopting national housing strategies and renewal programs which exist and are implemented in Western European countries, while they do not exist in most post-socialist countries, and Croatia is not an exception. Housing estates renewal should be an essential part of every country’s housing policy, aimed at alleviating or preventing further degradation of the quality of life for housing estate residents. 


Research Work in Geography Teaching

Analysis of the Works of Grammar School Students in Samobor in the School Years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021

Ivan Ivić, Karlo Mak, Ružica Vuk

With the adoption of the new curriculum for the subject of Geography for primary and grammar schools in the Republic of Croatia (OG 7/2019), the teaching content was modernized and different approaches to learning and teaching geography were provided. The application of research methods and the preparation of research papers should be emphasized. Although the teaching of geography in the school years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 in year 3 and 4 was still carried out according to the old curriculum from 1993, the students of Antun Gustav Matoš Grammar School in Samobor achieved the outcomes of GEO SŠ B.3.1./B.4.1. from the new curriculum, whose implementation is expected in this educational cycle. Within the stated outcomes, a student conducts geographical research related to the educational content and presents the results of the research work. In order to continuously monitor the progress of students, but also the quality of geography teaching, the work of grammar school students produced during their attendance in year 3 and 4 was analysed. For this purpose, a research paper assessment matrix was designed. A total of 56 papers were subjected to analysis, of which also from the school year 2019/2020 (year 3) and school year 2020/2021 (year 4). Qualitative analysis of the content of student papers was conducted using the MAXQDA software package. Specific examples of outcomes that were achieved or not were singled out. The most common problems to be highlighted when considering the content of the outcomes are the correct citation and quoting of literature and sources, then the processing of the data and their presentation, and finally the methods of data collection. Indeed, in most cases, already published graphical and cartographic appendices were downloaded, and data collection usually involved searching the Internet and using the first search results.


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