Landuse Changes and Its Implication to the Ecological Consequences in Lower Yangtze Region

  • 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Department of Urban and Environmental Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China

Received date: 2003-01-11

  Revised date: 2003-05-06

  Online published: 2003-09-25

Supported by

National Key Basic Research Project, No.G1998040800; National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.30100020


Based on the multi-temporal remotely sensed data of TM, this research attempted to reveal the spatio-temporal trends in landuse and landcover in Lower Yangtze Region by depicting and analyzing the process and spatial heterogeneity of landuse & landcover changes in the region, especially placing emphasis on the transformation modes and spatial behavior of landuse. In order to achieve the goal, the magnitude and spatial distribution of landuse transformation from the 1988 to the 1998 were analyzed by the transformation matrixes and the spatial layouts of landuse, then changes of landuse degree and associated traits in spatial distribution were targeted by establishing and applying the landuse index. Furthermore, the spatial shifting of landuse transformation intensity was studied by conceiving and using Landuse Transformation Index. As a hot topic, the loss of cultivated land and its driving force were also included in this step, and the top ten significant forms of landuse transformation were analyzed, in particular the trends in spatial transformation according to their Important Value individually.

Cite this article

LI Xiaowen, , FANG Jingyun, PIAO Shilong . Landuse Changes and Its Implication to the Ecological Consequences in Lower Yangtze Region[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2003 , 58(5) : 659 -667 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200305003


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