(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Vegetation distribution pattern along altitudinal gradient in subtropical mountainous and hilly river basin, China

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

QIU B. (1) ; ZENG C. (1) ; CHEN C. (1) ; ZHANG C. (2) ; ZHONG M. (1) ;
(1) Key Lab. of Spatial Data Mining & Information Sharing of Ministry of Education, Spatial Information Research centre of Fujian Province, Univ., Fuzhou, CHINE
(2) Fujian Meteorological research Inst., Fuzhou, CHINE


This paper aims to investigate the non-stationary relationship between vegetation distribution pattern and topographic and climate conditions in a moist sub-tropical rainforest of Minjiang River Basin in Fujian Province. The HJ-1 satellite image acquired on December 9, 2010 was utilized and NDVI index was calculated representing the range of vegetation greenness. Proper analysis units were achieved through segregation based on small sub-basins and altitudinal bands. Results indicated that the geographic weighted regression (GWR) model was more powerful than ordinary linear least square (OLS) regression in interpreting vegetation-environmental relationship. This paper confirmed that the non-stationary analysis through the framework of GWR could lead to a better understanding of vegetation distribution in subtropical mountainous and hilly region


Article of periodic

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

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2013, vol. 23, no2 [pp. 247-257]

Bibliographic references : 31 ref.

Collation : 4 fig., 3 tabl.



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