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Geogaphica Timisiensis, vol. 19, nr.1, 2010 (pp. 115-124) ON IDENTIFYING URBAN GROWTH AND LANDCOVER CHANGE IN THE POSTSOCIALIST ERA USINGGIS. CASE STUDY: FLTICENI MUNICIPALITYIonela GRDINARUUniversitatea Al. I Cuza IaiAbstract: The dynamic of urban landscapes, in terms of land use/land cover change, is stronglyinfluenced by the underlying changes in economical processes and political factors. Consequently, ina territory undergoing transition from state ownership and management of all resources to free marketbased on individual property, such as the city of Flticeni post-1989, the likelihood of identifyingsignificant change in land use/land cover is high. Further, land use/land cover is highly pertinent tourban planning regulations, economical feasibility, ownership over the land and urban growthmodelling. In order to document this hypothesis, I have studied the land cover within the urbanadministrative borders in 2006 in relation to the corresponding data in 1985 at a reasonably fine scale(1:5000) using a GIS software to create my own set of vector and raster data based on cadastral maps(O.C.O.T. Suceava, 1985) and orthophotos (A.N.C.P.I., 2006), that were analysed according to myresearch objectives. The analysis revealed that the urban landscape has been very dynamic during thetwo-decade period, displaying consistent changes in most types of land cover/land use, most notablyin the case of urban built-up. Urban built-op scored a significan

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