Contributions to Books:

G. Kóródy, M. Kázmér, B. Székely:
"Felszinfejl dés és területhasználat kapcsolata Bátaapátiban (Surface processes and land use in Bátaapáti (Mórágy-Geresd Hills, Hungary) -- causes of gully erosion)";
in: "Környezettörténet - Az utóbbi 500 év környezeti eseményei történeti és természettudományi források tükrében", M. Kázmér (ed.); Hantken Kiadó, Budapest, 2009, ISBN: 978-963-87015-9-6, 269 - 288.

English abstract:
Bátaapáti (Tolna county, Hungary) a small village situated in
Mórágy-Geresd Hills. According to written evidence, the land cultivation
started at least 800 years ago, viniculture is documented for the last 300
years in the hilly area. The transformation of the originally forested
areas to arable land and the various land use changes affected the area in
different times. Today, in the upper catchment of the Köves Creek is
dominated by cereal production and vineyards in large parcels, while the
slopes dissected by gullies are not cultivated anymore, they were almost
completely spontaneously reforested. This area is suitable for studying
the relationship between the land use and gully evolution and head
The study has been carried out in the dissected area of Köves Creek and in
two other control areas: (1) a fully forested valley (N of Nagymórágy
Valley between Cser-dűlő and Szabad-szántók (2) at the slopes
near to the confluence of Bátaapáti Creek to its trunk channel
characterised by pastures that are mosaicked by forest and scrub patches.
The input data consisted of (1) the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the
area combined with (2) the land use categories of recent and historical
land use maps grouped according to their influence on runoff, and (3) the
spatial distribution and properties of gullies from field observations.
The catchments derived from DEM and the slope distribution were analysed
together with land use/land cover data. These attributes were summarised
in a relational database, and further statistical analyses were carried
out to reveal the correlations between the various factors. Beside of the
trivial correlations some morphometric parameters seem to correlate
slightly with the land use. The most important, though weak, correlation
has been recognised between the gully evolution activity and the
percentage of tillage. Despite these weak correlations, we conclude, that
there is no single factor determining the gully morphometry and evolution
in the study area.

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