(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2011)

Document title

Scale effects of the continental coastline of China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

SU F. (1) ; GAO Y. (1 2 3) ; ZHOU C. (1) ; YANG X. (1) ; FEI X. (4 5) ;
(1) LREIS, Inst. of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing, CHINE
(2) Yantai Inst. of Coastal Zone Research for Sustainable Development, CAS, Yantai, CHINE
(3) Graduate Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, CHINE
(4) School of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering, Huaihai Inst. of Technology, Lianyungang, CHINE
(5) Jiangsu Marine Resources Development Research Inst., Lianyungang, CHINE


In this study, based on DEM and remote sensing images, multi-scale continental coastlines of China were extracted and the fractal characteristic was analyzed. It is shown that the continental coastline of China fits the fractal model; the scale effects with fractal dimensions of coastline have significant differences according to uplift and subsidence segments along the continental coastlines of China; the fractal dimension of coastline has significant spatial heterogeneity according to the coastline types. The length of rocky coastline is affected by scale more than that of muddy and sandy coastline. Since coastline is the conjunction of sea, land and air surface, the study of coastline scale effect is one of the scientific bases for the researches on air-sea-land interaction in multi-scales


Article of periodic

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

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2011, vol. 21, no6 [pp. 1101-1111]

Bibliographic references : 23 ref.

Collation : 5 fig., 2 tabl.



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