(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Spatial and temporal variations of coastlines in northern China (2000–2012)

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

XU J. (1) ; ZHANG Z. (1) ; ZHAO X. (1) ; WEN Q. (1) ; ZUO L. (1) ; WANG X. (1) ; YI L. (1) ;
(1) Inst. of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, CAS, Beijing, CHINE


The AA. examined the spatial distribution of the continent coastline in northern China using remote sensing and GIS techniques, and calculated the fractal dimension of the coastline by box-counting method, with a time span from 2000 to 2012. Moreover, they analyzed the characteristics of spatial-temporal changes in the coastline's length and fractal dimension, the relationship between the length change and fractal dimension change, and the driving forces of coastline changes in northern China. There is a strong-positive linear relationship between the historical coastline length and fractal dimension. Through statistical analysis of a large number of local coastline changes, it can be found that the increase (or decrease) of local coastline length will, in most cases, lead to the increase (or decrease) of the whole coastline fractal dimension. Civil-coastal engineering construction was the most important factor driving the coastline change in northern China. Compared to human activities, the influence of natural processes such as estuarine deposit and erosion were relatively small


Article of periodic

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

Editor : CHINE

Millesime : 2014, vol. 24, no1 [pp. 18-32]

Bibliographic references : 25 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 2 tabl.



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