Sciences in Cold and Arid Regions ›› 2015, Vol. 7 ›› Issue (3): 272-281.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1226.2015.00272

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Characterizing changes in ecosystem service values in China's eastern Loess Plateau

JinChang Li1, HaiXia Liu1, ZhiZhu Su2, Yong Liu1, YongGang Yang1   

  1. 1. Institute of Loess Plateau, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, China;
    2. Historical Culture School, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, China
  • Received:2014-12-05 Revised:2015-02-10 Published:2018-11-23
  • Contact: JinChang Li,
  • Supported by:
    This study was supported by the Open Fund Project of the Key Laboratory of Desert and Desertification, Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. KLDD-2014-001), the Important Specialized Science and Technology Item of Shanxi Province, China (No. 20121101011), and the Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 41271513, 41271030).

Abstract: Human activities such as the implementation of ecological protection projects and expansion of construction land can cause complex land use changes that affect ecosystem service values (ESV). In this study, we investigated changes in ESV in response to land use changes in Ningwu County, in eastern Loess Plateau of China. Our aim is to provide guidance for sustainable land use planning in this region. We used remote sensing to evaluate land use changes, and applied a fast, proxy-based method for evaluating ESV at three points in time: 1990, 2000, and 2010. More than 89% of the total ESV in Ningwu County was attributable to woodland and grassland. The ESV in western mountain areas show the greatest increase from 1990 to 2010, but ESV decreased the most in the low-elevation northeastern area of flat terrain. These tradeoffs led to a slight net decrease (1.0%) in Ningwu County's total ESV. Although the decline in ESV was relatively low compared to the rate of economic growth, total ESV was much lower than global and national average levels at the end of the study period.

Key words: ecosystem service values, land use changes, ecological protection projects, remote sensing, Ningwu County

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