Relation between vegetation changes, climate variables and land-use policy in Shaanxi Province, China
2007 (English)In: Geografiska Annaler, ISSN 0435-3676, E-ISSN 1468-0459, Vol. 89, no 4, 223-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Shaanxi Province in China has been exposed to climate variability and dramatic land-use policies. The aim here is to examine vegetation changes in this area on a regional scale from 2000 to 2004 in relation to land-use changes and climate traits. The data in this assessment include remote sensing information from moderate-resolution imaging spectro-radiometer normalized difference vegetation index from 2000 to 2004, and climate data (precipitation and temperature) from 1956 to 2000. The results show an increase in vegetation production from 2000 to 2004, particularly in the north, which cannot be explained solely by climate impacts. Since the vegetation in the north is more dependent on climate variation than the other parts of Shaanxi due to more serious water limitation, the results suggest that the large-scale land-use policy implemented over the last decade, with a focus on northern Shaanxi, is possibly having an impact on the overall vegetation.
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2007. Vol. 89, no 4, 223-236 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21166DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2007.00322.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-21166DiVA: diva2:240791