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Land-use change and land degradation on the Mongolian Plateau from 1975 to 2015-A case study from Xilingol, China
Batunacun1,2; Nendel, Claas2; Hu, Yunfeng3,4; Lakes, Tobia1
2018-06-01
Source PublicationLAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT
ISSN1085-3278
Volume29Issue:6Pages:1595-1606
Corresponding AuthorBatunacun(batunacun@zalf.de)
AbstractLand degradation is a severe environmental problem on a regional and global scale that is often aggravated by intensive land-use and climate change. The arid to semi-arid Xilingol in Inner Mongolia, China, is an example of an area that has witnessed continuous land degradation for decades, in spite of numerous attempts to reverse this trend. In this study, land-use and land-cover change (LUCC) between 1975 and 2015 was investigated for Xilingol based on multi-temporal remote sensing images. The aim of the study was to derive detailed information on LUCC over space and time as a basis for assessing ecological and social consequences of land degradation in a bid to develop better strategies for combating land degradation. Two main LUCC processes and two distinct phases were identified: During Phase 1 (1975-2000), the LUCC pattern was dominated by land degradation, affecting 11.4% (22,937 km(2)) of the total area. During Phase 2 (2000-2015), land restoration increased (12.0% or 24,161 km(2)) whereas degradation continued, resulting in a further 9.5% (19,124 km(2)) of degraded land. The transition pattern changed accordingly. Our findings show that, in spite of notable restoration successes in the past, grassland degradation continues to be the main ecological and environmental problem in Xilingol, requiring the continued attention of decision-makers. Strategic land-use management has already had a significant influence on LUCC in this area, leading to the expectation that science-based land-use strategies can be developed to further reduce land degradation in Xilingol.
Keywordarid and semi-arid region conversion degradation grassland restoration policy
DOI10.1002/ldr.2948
WOS KeywordINNER-MONGOLIA ; GRASSLAND DEGRADATION ; COVER CHANGE ; NORTHERN CHINA ; CLIMATE-CHANGE ; RIVER-BASIN ; RESTORATION ; DYNAMICS ; PATTERNS ; STEPPE
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectChinese Scholarship Council (CSC)
Funding OrganizationChinese Scholarship Council (CSC)
WOS Research AreaEnvironmental Sciences & Ecology ; Agriculture
WOS SubjectEnvironmental Sciences ; Soil Science
WOS IDWOS:000435278900006
PublisherWILEY
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Cited Times:11[WOS]   [WOS Record]     [Related Records in WOS]
Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/54699
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorBatunacun
Affiliation1.Humboldt Univ, Dept Geog, Unter Linden 6, D-10099 Berlin, Germany
2.Leibniz Ctr Agr Landscape Res ZALF, Eberswalder Str 84, D-15374 Muncheberg, Germany
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.State Key Lab Resources & Environm Informat Syst, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
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Batunacun,Nendel, Claas,Hu, Yunfeng,et al. Land-use change and land degradation on the Mongolian Plateau from 1975 to 2015-A case study from Xilingol, China[J]. LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT,2018,29(6):1595-1606.
APA Batunacun,Nendel, Claas,Hu, Yunfeng,&Lakes, Tobia.(2018).Land-use change and land degradation on the Mongolian Plateau from 1975 to 2015-A case study from Xilingol, China.LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT,29(6),1595-1606.
MLA Batunacun,et al."Land-use change and land degradation on the Mongolian Plateau from 1975 to 2015-A case study from Xilingol, China".LAND DEGRADATION & DEVELOPMENT 29.6(2018):1595-1606.
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