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concentrated around the capital city. The uncontrolled urbanization of the past has heavily marked the landscape,
especially Rome countryside and coastline. However many zones have exceeded the anthropic pressurewithout
serious consequence since the sensitivity towards environmental protection has grown in recent years.
Rome Province Administration has devoted special attention to the improvement and protection of its naturalistic
heritage by means of a series of administrative actions, cultural initiatives and projects for environmental education.
In this perspective a three-year agreement was concluded with CNR LARA focused on the study of natural
vegetation by means of MIVIS (Multispectral Infrared Visible Imaging Spectrometer) remotely sensed data. This
study distinguished and mapped the most important natural forests, shrub and herbaceous formations, assessed
the health conditions of the arboreal vegetation, identified the areas with little water supply, and measured some
environmental parameters, like temperature and surface humidity. The results achieved highlight the large botanical
and naturalistic assortment and the complexity of the study-area.
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