Land use of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area and the effect on its landscape pattern in the recent 50 years

Abstract

The paper makes detailed analysis on the changing processes of the main types of land use in Three Groges Reservoir Area through the techniques of RS (Remote Sense) and GIS (Geography Information System). Based on the theory of landscape ecology, many types of landscape pattern indexes are calculated and made correlation analysis. The results indicate that: in 1995 the ecological environment of Three Gorges Reservoir Area was the most vulnerable in the recent 50 years, but resumed in 2002; the landscape pattern diversity index, fractal dimension index and fragmentation index has close correlation with the area of land use/cover change (LUCC). The research also releases that the increase of the cultivated land, grassland and construction land deteriorates the landscape ecological pattern, while the increase of forest land area will help restore the landscape ecological pattern to its original state. The rapid change of grassland is an important index of the change of landscape pattern, because it has the most effect on change of landscape pattern index.

DOI: 10.1007/BF02830187

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@article{Zhiqin2008LandUO, title={Land use of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area and the effect on its landscape pattern in the recent 50 years}, author={Huang Zhiqin and Zhou Wancun and Zhou Jieming and Zhu Mingcang}, journal={Wuhan University Journal of Natural Sciences}, year={2008}, volume={11}, pages={910-914} }