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Urban sprawl is among the most debated topics in the field of urbanism, environmental sciences, ecology, economics, and geography. As urban sprawl involves different subjects of study, this phenomenon is extremely fascinating on the one side, but very complex and difficult to analyze on the other side. For this reason, sprawl has and is attracting the interest of many researchers from all over the world, having the objective to define the nature, dynamics and consequences that the process of low-density urban expansion is having on the biophysical and socioeconomic environment. The aim of this review is to provide a brief picture on the nature of the relationship existing between sprawl and the environment with special attention to Europe. The growing environmental vulnerability of the European urban regions was discussed according to a bibliographic survey based on quali-quantitative studies. Evidence support the idea that environmental policy and regional planning should cope more effectively with the increasing vulnerability of “shrinking” urban regions to natural hazards.

About the Authors

Vittorio Gargiulo

Undergraduate student at Delft University, The Netherlands

Adele Sateriano

Via C. Facchinetti 85, I-00161 Rome, Italy

Rosanna Di Bartolomei

Sapienza’ University of Rome, Department of Social and Economics Sciences, Piazzale A. Moro 5, I-00185 Rome, Italy

Luca Salvati

Russian Federation
Italian Agricultural Research Council—Centre for the Study of Soil-Plant Interactions, Via della Navicella 2-4, I-00161 Rome, Italy


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Gargiulo V., Sateriano A., Di Bartolomei R., Salvati L. URBAN SPRAWL AND THE ENVIRONMENT. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2012;5(4):46-62.

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