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Assessing Transportation Patterns in the Azores Archipelago

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School of Business and Economics and CEEAplA, University of Azores, 9500 Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dabrowa Górnicza, Poland
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VALORIZA-Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
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CITUR-Madeira-Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, 9000-082 Madeira, Portugal
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CNPQ Research Group Aquageo Ambiente Legal, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP 13083-970, Brazil
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Agricultural School, University of Extremadura, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
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Department of Urban Planning and Architecture, Institute of Transportation—CIP, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
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Department of Geomatics and Spatial Information Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran 1439957131, Iran
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Received: 1 December 2020 / Revised: 10 January 2021 / Accepted: 11 January 2021 / Published: 15 January 2021
It is well-known that the ultra-peripheral territories as Islands present several limitations such as the lack of resources, restricted land, mass tourism, and barriers to movement, and connectivity between urban centers. These obstacles make ultra-peripheral regions suitable case studies considering their territorial governance and consequently, sustainable development and growth. Thus, transportation and infrastructure sustainability in these regions are not an exception. Considering all the obstacles present in these regions, the accessibility and connectivity patterns that the local population has in these territories should be assessed and monitored. Thereby, through exploratory tools, the present research assumes to examine, using accessibility and connectivity indicators, the consequences across the social-economic dimension that the regional transportation and infrastructure should convey to the Azores Islands Archipelago populations. Therefore, this article allows us to set the present situation regarding this region’s accessibility and connectivity patterns, creating an additional tool for supporting the main actors’ design and implementation of these territories’ future plans and strategies. Besides, this study enables us to recognize that Pico, Flores, and São Miguel are the ones with better accessibility patterns within the Azores Archipelago. View Full-Text
Keywords: Azores region; strategic infrastructure; sustainable planning; territorial impact assessment; ultra-peripheral territories Azores region; strategic infrastructure; sustainable planning; territorial impact assessment; ultra-peripheral territories
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Castanho, R.A.; Naranjo Gómez, J.M.; Vulevic, A.; Behradfar, A.; Couto, G. Assessing Transportation Patterns in the Azores Archipelago. Infrastructures 2021, 6, 10. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010010

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Castanho RA, Naranjo Gómez JM, Vulevic A, Behradfar A, Couto G. Assessing Transportation Patterns in the Azores Archipelago. Infrastructures. 2021; 6(1):10. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010010

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Castanho, Rui A.; Naranjo Gómez, José M.; Vulevic, Ana; Behradfar, Arian; Couto, Gualter. 2021. "Assessing Transportation Patterns in the Azores Archipelago" Infrastructures 6, no. 1: 10. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010010

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