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.

 Geoadria is indexed in following databases: Web of Science Core Collection – Emerging Source Citation Indeks (ESCI), Scopus, ERIH PLUS, GEOREF, Current Geographical Publications.

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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. 27 No. 1 (2022)

Diachronic analysis to Detect and Monitor Barchan Dune Migration in Ain Salah (Algeria)

Abdelhafid Bouzekri

The aim of this work is to analyse barchan dunes migration patterns and their effect on urban and agricultural areas in Ain Salah region in southern Algeria. A supervised classification of Landsat images over a 13 years period (2005, 2009, 2013 and 2017) was applied to create land cover maps which were used for a spatiotemporal monitoring of barchan migration by dune feature changes. The results show that sand dunes covered area has increased between 2005 and 2017 with direction movements from northeast to southwest and represents the potential of using time series imagery for a better understanding of dune migration and sand encroachment.   


Competitiveness of cities in Croatia

analysis of employment dynamics 2001-2019

Zdenko Braičić, Danijel Jukopila, Hrvoje Šlezak

The aim of this paper is to investigate the growth dynamics of 20 larger Croatian cities, macro-regional and regional centres, in order to indicate changes in their competitiveness. The analyses were carried out for three relevant periods: the period of growth before the global recession (2001-2008), the period of the global recession (2009-2014) and the recovery period of the Croatian economy (2015- 2019). Employment is one of the most important indicators of economic growth, so employment dynamics data were used in the analyses. The paper points to differences in employment growth of individual Croatian cities compared to the national average and seeks to determine whether this growth is the result of the action of structural (exogenous) factors or local (endogenous) factors. Therefore, a shift-share analysis was carried out, resulting in calculations of the regional, structural, and local factors. It found that in the years before the recession, larger cities had on average much stronger employment growth than the Croatian average. In the pre-recession period, the local factor played an extremely important role in shaping employment growth; in most cities, it was more significant than the structural factor. When the recession hit, larger cities saw a drop in employment of about the same intensity as at the state level, while in the post- recession period they had a slightly slower recovery compared to the Croatian average. In the recession period, there was a sharp decline in the local competitiveness of cities, whose significant recovery in the post-recession period has so far been absent. The number of cities that are above the national average in terms of employment dynamics was decreasing. Above-average growth was achieved during all three relevant periods only Split, Zadar, Dubrovnik and Varaždin. In all three periods, Split, Zadar, Slavonski Brod and Varaždin had local competitive advantages.


From new sense of homeplace to disengaged attachment

place attachment and territorial belonging in the Republic of Croatia

Mateo Žanić, Geran-Marko Miletić

In recent decades, the concept of place attachment has attracted considerable attention from scientists who deal with spatial transformations, with the thematic focus on modernization, globalization, or transition. This paper, therefore, aims to examine how this concept has been researched in the Republic of Croatia and what conclusions can be drawn from it. Based on the review of relevant literature, the paper deals with three topics in particular. Firstly, the findings of research that assessed the importance that Croatian citizens attach to different levels of territorial belonging are interpreted. This way, an insight is gained into the Croatian citizens’ commitment to the local level compared to the national and supranational level. The results of a study that indicate different implications of belonging to the local environment in different Croatian regions are presented, as well as of research that shows there is a significant share of respondents who express disengaged attachment as a form of territorial identity. Secondly, various factors that have been proven to influence the expression of place attachment are considered. At the same time, certain differences between emotional and functional place attachment are found, and the concept of the hometown is discussed in detail. Finally, the relationship between  migration, place attachment and the concept of multiple belongings is discussed. These topics were researched on the one hand, on youth populations, and on the other hand, on the examples of second homes. Based on the presented findings, four conclusions are made, according to which emotional place attachment is considerably expressed in Croatia, but also that emotional belonging is usually accompanied by a certain degree of dissatisfaction with the local environment or fear of the future. Furthermore, some findings indicate the manifestation of multiple belongings, while the formed typologies of place attachment and territorial identities indicate different scopes and meanings that are attached to the concept at the local level. It is believed that the presented results significantly contribute to the understanding of the social and identity significance of a place and also enable a better understanding of the social transformations that the Republic of Croatia went through in the post-communist period.


Geostrategic and geopolitical significance of the Golan heights for the state of Israel

Branimir Vukosav, Denis Radoš

Given the relatively unfavourable geostrategic position in the surrounding of often hostile countries, Israeli foreign policy was largely conditioned by almost constant and dynamic developments in the region. These dynamics were manifested in the form of several military invasions of Israel, riots by the Palestinian population, numerous terrorist attacks and frequent retaliations by Israeli forces with the aim of achieving a satisfactory security situation. In this context, the official Tel Aviv has often been forced to find a good balance between practical defensive and security needs and Israel’s reputation in the international community, while constantly adapting to the realities of its immediate geopolitical environment. The Israeli occupation of most of the Golan Heights during the Six Day War in June 1967 was an event that, in this context, generated an increased security of the country’s northern borders in the following decades, given the region’s exceptional geostrategic value, but also the opposition the international community to the occupation, especially after 1981 when a law was passed to extend the jurisdiction of the State of Israel to the said occupied territory. Control over this region has significantly affected the favourableness of Israel’s geostrategic position, but it has also created a geopolitically complex situation, especially in the context of relations with Syria, a neighbouring country. In addition to the geographical presentation of the Golan Heights and historical-geographical aspects, the paper analyses the geostrategic determinants of the Israeli occupation of the plateau, as well as the geopolitical perspectives of the area.


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