Due to high risk of unstable supply from fossil energy and growing concern with the preservation of the environment, well-developed Jiangsu province in China is hungering for alternative energy resources to catalyze stupendous economic growth. Assessing the technically available potential of solar energy spatially and temporally over the whole province… (More)
Cellular automaton (CA) is an important method in land use and cover change studies, however, the majority of research focuses on the discovery of macroscopic factors affecting LUCC, which results in ignoring the local effects within the neighborhoods. This paper introduces a Local Land Use Competition Cellular Automata (LLUC-CA) model, based on local land… (More)
Existing evidence of plant phenological change to temperature increase demonstrates that the phenological responsiveness is greater at warmer locations and in early-season plant species. Explanations of these findings are scarce and not settled. Some studies suggest considering phenology as one functional trait within a plant's life history strategy. In… (More)
Wu et al (Reports, 5 August 2016, p. 579) reported geological and archaeological evidence about an earthquake-induced landslide dam outburst flood around 1920 BCE and claimed a support to the historicity of China's legendary Great Flood and Xia dynasty. We argue that the physical evidence is unreliable and their arguments are unconvincing.
Satellite-derived vegetation phenophases are frequently used to study the response of ecosystems to climate change. However, limited studies have identified the common phenological variability across different climate and vegetation zones. Using NOAA/Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) dataset, we… (More)
TAgro-drought risk assessment is helpful for improving ability of regional disaster management and mitigating the drought-induced loss. We used historic precipitation, disaster loss and socio-economical data in Southwest China as the basic data. The assessment was performed on each of prefecture-level region. By using the consecutive rainless days to scale… (More)