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The 300 years cropland changes reflecting climate impacts and social resilience at the Yellow River–Huangshui River Valley, China
Chen,Qiong1,3; Yang,Liang Emlyn2; Luo,Jing1; Liu,Fenggui3,4,5; Zhang,Yili4,5; Zhou,Qiang1,3; Guo,Rong1; Gu,Xijing1
2021-06-01
Source PublicationEnvironmental Research Letters
Volume16Issue:6
Corresponding AuthorLiu,Fenggui()
AbstractAbstractChanges of croplands often reflect the combined impacts of both natural environment changes and social agriculture activities. Such reflections manifested more significantly in agro-pastoral transition zones, e.g. in the North and West of China. In this study, cropland changes at the Yellow River–Huangshui River Valley, as a typical agro-pastoral transition zone in northwestern China, is analyzed in terms of the changes of the total amount and spatial pattern over the past 300 years (majorly in the Qing Dynasty). The reconstructed cropland data indicated a fluctuation of cropland areas in accordance with changes of regional climate conditions, natural hazards, agriculture activities and socio-economic development. A significant decrease of cropland in the middle of the 19th century was detected, which appeared a good consistency with the frequent natural disasters in the same period and the climate cooling trend across the whole 19th century. Though in the worsening conditions, three major copping strategies maintained and developed the local socio-agriculture system: (a) land reclamation policy encouraged immigrants and military farming; (b) construction of water conservancy facilities increased agricultural productivity; (c) increasing local Tibetans learned and transformed to implementing both agriculture and pastoral productions with flexibilities depending on climate conditions. The study demonstrates that the social-agriculture system held certain resilience, which can be maintained and enhanced with appropriate political, engineering, economic, and social-cultural measures.
Keywordfarmland changes social resilience climate change natural hazards agro-pastoral zone Yellow River–Huangshui River valley
DOI10.1088/1748-9326/abe82a
Language英语
WOS IDIOP:1748-9326-16-6-abe82a
PublisherIOP Publishing
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/164185
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorLiu,Fenggui
Affiliation1.College of Geographic Sciences, Qinghai Normal University, Xining 810008, People’s Republic of China
2.Department of Geography, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), 80333 Munich, Germany
3.Academy of Plateau Science and Sustainability, Xining 810008, People’s Republic of China
4.Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, People’s Republic of China
5.Center for Excellence in Tibetan Plateau Earth Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, People’s Republic of China
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Chen,Qiong,Yang,Liang Emlyn,Luo,Jing,等. The 300 years cropland changes reflecting climate impacts and social resilience at the Yellow River–Huangshui River Valley, China[J]. Environmental Research Letters,2021,16(6).
APA Chen,Qiong.,Yang,Liang Emlyn.,Luo,Jing.,Liu,Fenggui.,Zhang,Yili.,...&Gu,Xijing.(2021).The 300 years cropland changes reflecting climate impacts and social resilience at the Yellow River–Huangshui River Valley, China.Environmental Research Letters,16(6).
MLA Chen,Qiong,et al."The 300 years cropland changes reflecting climate impacts and social resilience at the Yellow River–Huangshui River Valley, China".Environmental Research Letters 16.6(2021).
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