Measurement of Land Use Sustainability:A Comprehensive Method Representing Processes

  • Department of Resources Environment and Geography, Geographic Science Research Center, The Center for Land Study, Peking University; Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes, The Ministry of Education; Beijing 100871, China

Received date: 2002-07-08

  Revised date: 2002-12-04

  Online published: 2003-03-25

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No. 40171004


This article brings forward a set of comprehensive indicators aiming at the temporal process of land use change. Productivity, stability, restorability, equity, self-supporting ability and harmonizing capacity in a rather long period are used to measure the sustainability of land use, and applied in the case study of Laixi City, Shandong Province. Productivity is the growth process of yield per unit of land area. Stability is the coherence and consistency of the productivity and may be presented by variation coefficient V= σ/ā. Restorability is the ability of land use system withstanding outside impacts, such as natural hazard and policy or market changes, and resuming productivity. It can be shown by annual variation. Equity is the degree of justice of land use benefit allocation, and can be measured by the proportion of population at various levels of income. Self-supporting ability presents the extent of supply, improvement, organization and control of land use system itself and may be shown by the proportion of capital assert investment in the total financial income. Harmonizing capacity is the extent of balance between demand for land products and supply of land productivity. The result of the case study shows that land use in Laixi City is sustainable in general. It is evident in the case study that these comprehensive measurements representing processes are concise, effective, reasonable and operationable.

Cite this article

CAI Yunlong, LI Jun . Measurement of Land Use Sustainability:A Comprehensive Method Representing Processes[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2003 , 58(2) : 305 -313 . DOI: 10.11821/xb200302018


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