A synthetic approach to the delimitation of the Prague Metropolitan Area
OUŘEDNÍČEK, M., NEMEŠKAL, J., ŠPAČKOVÁ, P., HAMPL, M., NOVÁK, J. (2018): A synthetic approach to the delimitation of the Prague Metropolitan Area. Journal of Maps, 14, č. 1, s. 26-33.
The main objective of this paper is to apply a synthetic approach to the delimitation of metropolitan areas, which combines traditional commuting data from the population census with alternative approaches. The presented delimitation, which was originally realized in response to a request from Prague’s planning authority, is based on three methodological pillars: the use of economic and social aspects of metropolization; suburbanization; and daily mobility within the Prague Metropolitan Area. Integrated systems of centers calculated from population census data are complemented with the use of mobile phone data. There was a surprising level of similarity in the spatial patterns gained from the two methods. Zones of residential suburbanization and time spent in the core city provided a complex perspective on the daily urban system within the Prague Metropolitan Area. A synthetic map based on the four methods is provided, accompanied by five analytical maps on a smaller scale.