(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2010)

Document title

Spatial patterns and driving forces of land use change in China during the early 21st century

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LIU J. (1) ; ZHANG Z. (2) ; XU X. (1) ; KUANG W. (1) ; ZHOU W. (3) ; ZHANG S. (4) ; LI R. (5) ; YAN C. (6) ; YU D. (7) ; WU S. (8) ; JIANG N. (9) ;
(1) Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Beijing, CHINE
(2) Inst. of Remote Sensing Applications, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINE
(3) Inst. of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS, Chengdu, CHINE
(4) Northeast Inst. of Geography and Agroecology, CAS, Changchun, CHINE
(5) Inst. of Geodesy and Geophysics, CAS, Wuhan, CHINE
(6) Cold and Arid Region Environmental and Engineering Research Inst., CAS, Lanzhou, CHINE
(7) Inst. of Soil Science, CAS, Nanjing, CHINE
(8) Inst. of Ecology and Geography, CAS, Urumqi, CHINE
(9) Inst. of Geography and Limnology, CAS, Nanjing, CHINE


Based on remotely sensed data of land use change with a spatial resolution of 1 km × 1 km on national scale among every 5 years, this paper designed a new dynamic regionalization according to the comprehensive characteristics of land use change including regional differentiation, physical, economic, and macro-policy factors as well. Spatial pattern of land use change and its driving forces were investigated in China in the early 21st century. The development of oasis agriculture in Northwest China and the reclamation in Northeast China led to a slight increase in arable land area in northern China. Due to the “Grain for Green” policy, forest area was significantly increased in the middle and western developing regions


Article of periodic

published at : Journal of geographical sciences. Acta geographica sinica / ISSN 1009-637X

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2010, vol. 20, no4 [pp. 483-494]

Bibliographic references : 1 p.

Collation : 3 fig., 2 tabl.



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